Did you know... the Belgrade Theatre goes “dark” next week?

Posted on 16 July 2012

This week is the last week of shows at the Belgrade Theatre until we reopen for the autumn season in September.

Many regional theatres close over the summer for a variety of reasons, not least because many older buildings often had a problem with their auditoria getting too hot for customers. Today we have air conditioning to solve that problem. However the Belgrade Theatre still takes advantage of this traditional period, using the closure (known in the industry as going dark) to have a clean up of the building and maintain its equipment in preparation for the new season.

This annual maintenance period takes place over 6 weeks in July and August and sees all areas of the Belgrade being spruced up, the foyers deep cleaned and painted, print and posters for the new season are put on display, the offices are tidied and crucially the technical equipment is checked and repaired.

Autumn is always a busy time for the Belgrade with a large number of touring shows visiting not forgetting the five Belgrade productions 20th Century Boy, Fragile, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Sleeping Beauty and Crackers.

Due to the cost of staging these productions, the Belgrade, like many other theatres, only receives a very small percentage of the ticket price, with the rest being used to pay the direct production costs. The Theatre relies on its public subsidy and fundraising activities to maintain its building and staff without having to charge much higher prices to the public.

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.