Belgrade Theatre - Latest Posts for News & Blogs News & Blogs en-gb Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:09:46 +0100 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:09:46 +0100 Strictly Arts revive Freeman for the Edinburgh Fringe & UK tour Following the success of last year’s debut tour with multiple sell-out performances, Strictly Arts will revive their critically acclaimed show Freeman in 2018, thanks to support from the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund. This summer, the Belgrade Springboard Company will make their Edinburgh Fringe debut, ahead of a welcome return to the Belgrade and second tour in the autumn. Created in collaboration with award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill (Where Do Little Birds Go? / Mr Incredib... Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Casting announced for All You Need Is LSD Following the announcement that Leo Butler’s new play All You Need Is LSD will run at the Belgrade Theatre 15-17 November, full casting for the world premiere tour has now been revealed. Presented by Told by an Idiot in partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, this exhilarating comedy playfully dissects the UK’s ongoing drugs debate, exploring questions around personal freedom, and weighing up claims about both the risks and benefits of “recreational” drugs. Written by acclaim... Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Colonial Hangover exhibition explores the legacy of Empire A free photographic exhibition created by researchers from the University of Warwick is being featured at the Belgrade Theatre this month to coincide with the return of the Coventry Belgrade Mela on Saturday 21 July. Put together by the Department of Politics and International Studies, the Colonial Hangover exhibition explores the legacy of the British Empire, and how it has continued to shape people’s everyday lived experiences long after it was formally disbanded. Showcasing the academi... Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Don't be napping! Junior chorus auditions announced for Sleeping Beauty The sun might still be blazing outside, but with just 161 sleeps left till Christmas and only 127 until Sleeping Beauty opens at the Belgrade, it’s already time to start the annual search for our panto Junior Chorus! On Sunday 9 September, kids aged 9-16 from across Coventry and Warwickshire are invited to audition to be part of our 2018-19 Christmas pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. In total, we’re looking for 32 of the region’s most talented young performers to make up three teams of eight... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Singing sensation Lucy O'Byrne leads the cast of Evita Following two West End seasons, an international tour and ten years captivating audiences across the UK, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s musical masterpiece Evita heads out on a new UK tour in 2018, arriving at the Belgrade Theatre 25-29 September. Presented by Bill Kenwright Productions, this lavish staging sees the world-renowned show reimagined by a talented cast, led by three major West End stars. Taking on the title role will be Lucy O’Byrne, whose incredible vocals wowed C... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 New co-productions announced for 2019 This week, we’re hugely excited that tickets have now gone on sale for three new co-productions heading to the Belgrade early next year, including Wise Children, the latest venture from acclaimed theatre-maker and innovator Emma Rice, as well as an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s YA bestseller Noughts and Crosses, and the brand new British farce Octopus Soup! Adapted from Angela Carter’s classic novel, Wise Children is the hotly anticipated debut production from Emma Rice’s newly fo... Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Ghosts of the Past: Patrick Connellan on co-designing Read All About It! With less than a week to go until Read All About It! opens, our design and production teams have been busy setting up at the Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, ready for tech rehearsals taking place at the end of this week. In between fit-up, meetings and rehearsals, co-designer Patrick Connellan, who has a long-standing connection with Coventry and the Belgrade Theatre, found time for a quick chat with us about his work with fellow designer Abby Clarke on the show, explaining how it has b... Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Belgrade Springboard Companies take centre stage in 2018 As part of our diverse offerings at the Belgrade Theatre, we take pride in supporting emerging artists through our Springboard Initiative, a scheme aimed at developing the next generation of performance artists and theatre-makers as they begin their careers, helping them to move on to the next chapter of their creative journeys. This year, our five amazing Springboard Companies and Artists have been busy planning, producing and performing an exciting mix of excellent theatre, captivating ... Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Cirque Berserk celebrates 250 years of circus Thanks to the phenomenal success of its breathtaking blend of cirque-style artistry and daredevil stunts, Cirque Berserk is back for its fifth year in 2018, bringing its latest tour to the Belgrade Theatre 26-28 July. But the show’s fifth anniversary isn’t the only cause for celebration: 2018 also marks the 250th anniversary of circus, commemorating a quarter of a millennium since West Midlands lad Philip Astley began his illustrious career as an entertainment impresario. In honour of ... Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Celebrating 20 Years of Big School While the Belgrade Theatre celebrates its 60th birthday in 2018, one of its pioneering community and education projects is also observing a big anniversary this year, with Big School marking 20 years since it was launched in 1998. Delivered in partnership with the local education authority, the Big School project brings live performance into primary schools across Coventry and Warwickshire, with a view to giving Year 6 children the confidence to handle the transition up to secondary school. ... Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100