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Coventry calling: looking ahead for the shows to book now

Is there anything better than a night at the theatre, dah-ling? Well grab your diaries because it's all happening at The Belgrade. From star-studded thrillers to family-friendly comedies, oh and of course the panto!

The Hound of the Baskervilles, 8-12 Feb

Photo by Pamela Raith

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated adventure gets a brilliantly farcical overhaul in this acclaimed production about the exploits of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The pair are tasked with unravelling the mystery of the untimely death of Sir Charles Baskerville, but with rumours of a cursed giant hound loose on the moors, they must act fast. An ace family-friendly post-Christmas night out.

I Ain’t Dumb, 9-12 Feb

Queer playwright Tom Wright – the brains behind My Dad’s Gap Year and Undetectable – brings this world premier to his hometown. It’s directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair (MBE) and is set in a tough inner-city school which explodes in a culture war. It’s a vibrant, loud and proud show where sex secrets, hip hop and hope fight for centre stage. Teens will love it.

Billionaire Boy, 17-19 Feb

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories comes this new production of David Walliams’ best-selling story. It’s about 12-year-old Joe Spud who’s the richest boy in the country but starts at the local school in a bid to make friends. Things don’t go as planned and Joe finds out what money can’t buy. 

The Da Vinci Code, 22-26 Feb

You’ve probably read the book by Dan Brown, or at least seen the movie with Tom Hanks, but head down to the Belgrade to see this version which has been reworked for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel. It features Nigel Harman (of Eastenders fame) and Danny John-Jules (Red DwarfDeath in Paradise).

Kerbs, 26 Feb-5 Mar

Faced with first-date disasters and a few crossed wires (we’ve all been there), Kerbs follows a new couple as they head off to a caravan park in Somerset… will it work out or fizzle out? It gets real about romance, sex and disability, while tackling the challenge of letting someone new in. 

Groan Ups, 28 Feb-5 Mar

Ever seen Laurence Olivier award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong? This is the latest offering by creators Mischief Theatre and is a comedy about growing up. It follows an unruly classroom of six year olds on their journey through anarchic high school teenagers to the challenges of adulthood.

Looking Good Dead, 7-12 Mar

The world premiere of this new show is part of a series by author Peter James. You might recognise Eastenders actors Adam Woodyatt and co-star Laurie Brett in this thriller about a man becoming an inadvertent witness to a murder. Yes it’s a bit heavy, but expect to be on the edge of your seat until the end. 

Cluedo, 14-19 Mar

Was it Miss Scarlet with the revolver in the dining room, or was it Professor Plum, with the lead pipe in the library? If your Cluedo board didn’t leave the dining room table all Christmas this is the show for you. This spoof thriller is based on the nostalgic game and features soap actress and tv presenter Michelle Collins.

The Bone Sparrow, 22-26 Mar

This drama and family show is based on the book by Zana Fraillon. It’s about refugee Subhi who was born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland. 

Fighting Irish, 2-16 April

This show is by a Cov writer, about a Cov boxing family – and is being performed in the city. What’s not to like? It’s a true story about the rising and falling fortunes of the McGough brothers and has been written by Jamie McGough. It’s the first show at the Belgrade with seating on all sides of the stage like a boxing ring. Ding ding!

Animal Farm, 12-16 Apr

George Orwell’s world-famous fable tells the story of a revolution and its aftermath. It’s been re-imagined by an award-winning creative team with director Robert Icke at the helm in this dynamic, daring and contemporary take on a timeless story.

Private Peaceful, 17-21 May

The author behind War Horse penned this award-winning novel – so you know you’re onto a winner (but probs take some tissues). It’s set against the backdrop of WW1 and is about 18-year-old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches. It goes on a journey through his most cherished memories and tells his story of courage, devotion, family and friendship.

Jack and the Beanstalk, 23 Nov-7 Jan

Too early to talk Christmas? Never! After the resounding success of Beauty and the Beast, The Belgrade has already lined up this year’s panto – the timeless classic of Jack and the Beanstalk. Early bird tickets are on sale now from £13.50.

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