New co-productions announced for 2019

Posted on 9 July 2018

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 formed company of the same name, marking her first brand new production since her departure from Shakespeare’s Globe earlier this year. Presented in partnership with the Old Vic Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and York Theatre Royal, it tells the story of 70-year-old twin chorus girls Nora and Dora Chance in one big, bawdy celebration of show business, family and forgiveness.

Renowned for her playful, innovative and “exuberantly impish” approach, Emma Rice is the former Artistic Director of both Shakespeare’s Globe and Kneehigh Theatre. Her latest project launches at London’s Old Vic Theatre in October, before it heads out on its very first UK tour, co-produced by the Belgrade and heading to Coventry 2-16 April 2019.

Noughts & Crosses

Also in 2019, Malorie Blackman’s hugely acclaimed young adult novel Noughts and Crosses gets its a new stage outing thanks to a new consortium project recently set up to produce and develop theatre for younger audiences. Adapted for the stage by award-winning poet, playwright and performer Sabrina Mahfouz, this powerful story of racism, segregation and young love is presented by the Belgrade Theatre together with Pilot Theatre, Colchester Mercury Theatre, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal, and runs in Coventry 26-30 March.

Finally from 2-16 February, the Belgrade is teaming up with Simon Fielder to present the world premiere of hilarious new comedy Octopus Soup! Desperate for a chance to reboot his flagging career, belt-and-braces insurance consultant Seymour Norse thinks things might be looking up when he’s offered the chance to pitch an idea via webcam to the CEO of the world’s biggest insurance firm. But with his unstable wife awaiting news on a big new TV role, a bungling burglar breaking in, and a moody octopus stuck in a car boot, it seems Seymour’s big break isn’t going to go quite as planned…

Octopus Soup!

The three shows join the previously announced Billionaire Boy, a new musical adaptation of David Walliams’ bestselling book produced in partnership with Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Created by the critically acclaimed comedy writer and director Jon Brittain (Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Rotterdam), this hilarious and heartwarming story follows an ordinary boy whose life is changed forever when his dad gets ridiculously rich.
Billionaire Boy makes its world premiere in Southampton over Christmas, before heading to the Belgrade Theatre 20-23 February 2019.

Tickets to all of these shows are available to book now.