Seat Named After Belgrade Photographer Dr Richard Sadler: In Pictures

Posted on 23 June 2017

Dr Richard Sadler, who worked as the Belgrade Theatre’s official photographer from 1958 to 1994, returned to the theatre last week after a seat in the main auditorium had been named after him in his honour.

As the theatre approaches its 60th anniversary, Photo Archive Miners, have been specially commissioned to digitise Sadler’s Belgrade Theatre collection which includes a vast archive of over 1,200 images, documenting the theatre’s history.

During his visit to the theatre, Sadler and his partner Sue Richardson met with Belgrade Artistic Director Hamish Glen and Chief Executive Joanna Reid, as well as Photo Archive Miners Ben Kyneswood and Jason Scott Tilley.

Photo Archive Miner Jason Scott Tilley said, “It has been a great privilege to search through thousands of photographs of one of the country’s most distinguished photographers. Richard is a true craftsman and his sense of theatre shines through in his photography. The archive he has amassed is of great significance not only to The Belgrade but to Coventry as a whole. We would like to thank photography students from Coventry University who engaged with us on this project and have helped during the digitisation process.”

Hamish Glen, Artistic Director for the Belgrade Theatre, said, “Richard’s photographs are an extraordinary and invaluable record of the theatre’s history and people from its very early days.”

The seat, which features an engraved plaque in honour of the photographer’s 36 year service, has been unveiled along with an ornamental clock face dedicated to the photographer that forms part of a public art piece on display in the Theatre’s foyer.

Anyone can name a seat in the Belgrade’s Main Auditorium for a £250 donation to the theatre which goes towards the theatre’s charitable work. To name a seat, please contact the Belgrade Theatre Development Team on 024 7684 6758 or by email

Photo credit: Nicola Young

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