Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Established in post-war Britain, the Belgrade remains one of the UK's largest regional producing theatres celebrated for its brilliant outreach work. A key partner of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 with newly revamped café bars.
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry is fully reopening its doors to the public on May 17 – with socially distanced audiences able to enjoy Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw in John Godber’s April in Paris, which kicks off its UK tour in Coventry.
Audiences will also be able to enjoy the brand-new upstairs Café Bar Nineteen58 and newly refurbished downstairs Belgrade Café created as part of the £5.5m 2020 Redevelopment Project.
A key partner of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, the Belgrade Theatre’s 2021 programme is being delivered by three diverse artists under the role of Co-Artistic Directors: Corey Campbell, Balisha Karra and Justine Themen.
- As well as directing the City of Culture opening event, Coventry Moves, Justine Themen has commissioned a brand-new digital version of Like There’s No Tomorrow (Weds 19 May – Sun 13 June 2021), one of the first National Theatre Connections plays to be specifically commissioned for and created by young people
- The Belgrade will co-present with Paines Plough a festival of new world-class plays and community-led activities in the world’s first plug-in, pop-up and play theatre Roundabout (Monday 26 July – Sunday 8 August 2021). Balisha Karra will direct Coventry based playwright Frankie Meredith’s May Queen, and the other plays that will be played in repertory throughout the festival are: Hungry by Chris Bush, Really Big and Really Loud by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba.
- Filming has also begun on SeaView, an original digital series conceived before Covid-19 took the world of theatre online, and directed by Corey Campbell.
- The UK Asian Film Festival will also be hosted at the venue, with socially distanced audiences watching five film premieres in the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium, including the world premiere of Beatles and India.
The Belgrade Theatre was built in 1958 as part of the reconstruction of Coventry after World War II.
Seating 858 people in its two-tier main auditorium, and 250 – 300 in the second space, B2, it remains one of the largest regional producing theatres in Britain.
This innovative theatre’s creative leadership team is led by Joanna Reid, Executive Director, Artistic Director Hamish Glen and 2021 Co-Artistic Directors Corey Campbell, Justine Themen and Balisha Karra.
Autumn 2007 saw the re-opening of the Belgrade Theatre after completion of its £14 million redevelopment project, including the creation of B2, and refurbishment of the existing listed building.
The Theatre remains the major arts and cultural facility in Coventry and the only large-scale building based professional producing theatre company in the City with excellent outreach programmes. It aims to present a broad spectrum of excellent work and produces a wide range of shows appealing to a broad audience.
Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square Coventry, CV1 4AJ
Box office 024 7655 3055.
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