Did you know... the Belgrade often stages co-productions

Posted on 1 July 2013

As you may know, in addition to providing a space for touring productions to perform, the Belgrade also produces its own productions, and in recent years we have been increasingly working with other theatres and production companies to stage co-productions.

We caught up withour Artistic Director, Hamish Glen to find out more about co-productions and why the Belgrade sometimes works in this way.

“Co-producing has become increasingly important in the face of Arts Council and Local Authority funding cuts. They enable us to share the creation costs and extend the run of productions as they play two or more venues or go on tour. This ultimately extends ‘the reach’ of the play and the number of people that see and engage with the work. There are challenges to co-producing too, sometimes they can clutter the artistic policy as projects have to be agreed
between various artistic leaders whose own passions and policies, dates, deadlines, images and designs, all have to be negotiated. This can be joyful, but it can also compromise a singular vision and a certain independence.”

The Autumn Season kicks off with a co-production between the Belgrade Theatre and Inspire called The Prodigals, which is running on the Main Stage from 30 Aug to 14 Sept 2013.

Directed by Joe Harmston, the Creative Associate of the Belgrade, this co-production is an excellent fit for both parties and we’re looking forward to welcoming Joe back after his last co-production here, The Father, which was a great success.

Joe has since been nominated for Best Director at the Theatre Awards for The Father and the show is currently being recorded as a radio play for BBC Radio 3, to be aired on 22 September.

This will be followed by Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend, which is a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse. This new drama about the most villainous criminal of the Victorian age runs in B2 from 26 Oct to 16 Nov 2013.

Our annual pantomime, which this year sees Jack and the Beanstalk take to the Main Stage, is also a co-production with Imagine Theatre.

You can find out more about our charitable activities and how you can support the Belgrade Theatre by visiting the Support Us pages of our website.

The Belgrade Theatre Trust (Coventry) Ltd is a registered charity (No 219163), so all of the money raised and earned by the theatre is reinvested in the services it provides to the local community. Amongst other things, these services include, creating and staging high quality productions on the Main Stage and in B2, working with young people and local communities via the Community & Education Company and developing the careers of young people who want to work in the arts.

  • The image above is from a workshop production of The Prodigals which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011.
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