Coventry Belgrade Theatre
Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is a dynamic playhouse at the heart of the community and a must-visit-venue for anyone in the city. The Belgrade is highly respected for its on stage work and is the only professional theatre in Coventry. So if you’re looking to do something a little different one evening, why not check out a show. The live performances vary from popular musicals, book adaptations and comedians.
The Belgrade Theatre was built in 1958 after World War ll and quickly became renowned for its exciting performances. Ian McKellen, Michael Crawford, John Gunter and Trevor Nunn are just a few of the famous names who were the early company members. The building gets its name from the city of Belgrade in Serbia, who provided the timber used in the construction of the venue. In 2007, the theatre was reopened after a spectacular refurbishment that introduced B2, a cutting edge auditorium that has the capacity for up to 245 people. These improvements made it possible for the theatre to offer a wider range of plays produced in-house and from visiting companies. Belgrade’s capacity is now 1,158.
What’s On Now
Dirty Dancing – this stage adaptation of the ever popular film is only showing until 4th Feb, so fans need to be quick to get the last tickets!
Made in India – a new play that has been praised for its brilliant performances dealing with the ethical dilemmas of international surrogacy. Showing now until 4th Feb.
La Strada – this production premiere’s at the Belgrade on 11th February opening for a 16 week national tour. It tells the tragic tale of Gelsomina who is sold by her impoverished mother to Zampano, a travelling street performer, to join his ‘strongman’ act.
Running Wild – this animal show is a rival for War Horse, telling the story of Lilly who is in Indonesia when a tsunami hits and must learn to survive as she is stranded in the dangerous rainforest. Stage adaption of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story. Catch this performance 22nd-25th Feb.
Blood Brothers – this legendary story tells the moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up to lead very different lives, only to meet again with fatal consequences. This musical has received critical acclaim & is one of only three musicals to surpass 10,000 performances in the West End. Hits the Belgrade stage on 6th – 11th March.
Not Dead Enough – a thrilling new stage show from no.1 bestselling author, Peter James. Starring Shane Ritchie and Laura Whitmore, it tells the story of a chilling murder case and the discoveries made by a detective as he deals with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife. Showing from 27th March – 1st April.
Shoot Festival – On 17 March three exciting new Shoot Festival companies will take over the B2 space for an evening to platform Coventry and Warwickshire’s talented emerging artists. It will feature talks, workshops and performances.
Belgrade offer free tickets to 19-25 year olds for many of the shows happening this spring, including Made in India and La Strada which are on-stage now. Claim your tickets here!
5 Reasons to see live theatre
#1 It’s live so anything can happen!
#2 It provides the opportunity to see the best acting and writing talent – there’s a reason why so many of your favourite film actors started in theatre!
#3 Stage performances offer new and exciting adaptations of classic stories
#4 You’ll feel cultured! Belgrade’s shows cover diverse topics and important issues
#5 It’s fun – who doesn’t love to sing along to a musical!