Famous Faces, Family Favourites and West End Hits announced this Autumn at the Belgrade

Posted on 5 May 2015

We’re delighted to announce details of ten new shows which will join the Belgrade theatre’s Autumn 2015 line-up. Newly announced titles include a new musical adaptation of Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword premiering in B2 from 26 Sept – 3 Oct, the critically-acclaimed West End revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest starring Nigel Havers and Sian Phillips from 29 Sept – 3 Oct, Moira Buffini’s Olivier award-nominated comedy, Handbagge from 6 -10 Oct and the return of Agatha Christie’s record-breaking, Box Office smash-hit The Mousetrap from 9 -14 Nov.

Set in the immediate aftermath of WWII, The Silver Sword the Polish Balicki children’s search for their parents as Europe is divided up and displaced people return to their homelands.

Originally written in 1956, The Silver Sword was recently named as one of the top 50 children’s books of all time by The Times. This new co-production between the Belgrade Theatre and Sell A Door Theatre Company (Kidnapped, The History Boys) will make its world stage premiere in Coventry from 26 Sept – 3 Oct before embarking on national tour.

Direct from the West End, Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest comes to Coventry from 29 Sept – 3 Oct starring Nigel Havers, Christine Kavanagh and Sian Phillips performing as The Bunbury Company of Players.

Much-loved for its elegant lampooning of the hypocrisies of Victorian society, Oscar Wilde’s enduring masterpiece opens as two bachelors, the dependable John Worthing, J.P. and upper class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax.

Story-telling, comedy and songs combine to create a magical and mystical story for audiences of all ages in The Snow Dragon touring to the Belgrade from 23 & 24 Oct. This all new adventure from the company behind The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom will form part of the Belgrade’s October Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People from Mon 19 – Sat 31 Oct which has been programmed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the invention of Theatre in Education at the Belgrade.

This will be followed by a visit from Marty McDonald’s Farm from 26 – 28 Oct. Directed by Tweenies creator Iain Lauchlan, this all new interactive adventure presented by Martin Parsons (Playdays Live, Sooty’s Magic Castle) and Kate Ashmead (Tweenies, Thomas & Friends Live) features children’s TV favourites Justin Fletcher MBE (Mr Tumble, Justin’s House, Something Special) as the Voice of Pongo the Pig, and Nicole Davis (Topsy & Tim, Chuggington) as the Voice of Molly-Moo the Cow.

With a colourful farmyard and host of loveable puppet characters, audiences are invited to join in the adventure, make new friends and sing along to their favourite songs & nursery rhymes, in an all-new interactive theatre show jam-packed with of fun and laughter.

This will be followed by a visit from Moira Buffini’s Olivier award-nominated comedy, Handbagged from 6 – 10 Oct.

Having enjoyed smash-hit success on the West End, Handbagged is a wickedly funny new play that opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of 20th Century politics, Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.

Back by popular demand following a record-breaking week in 2013, Agatha Christie’s legendary Box Office smash-hit The Mousetrap returns from 9 – 14 Nov.

The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 25,000 performances and now the 60th anniversary production is back by popular demand following a record breaking sell out week in 2013.

In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Newly announced one night shows this Autumn include the return of feel-good favourite Abba Mania on 23 Sept. Recreating the original soundtrack to the 70s, Les McKeowen stars in The Bay City Rollers on 24 Sept. Ex-Drifters favourite Roy G Hemmings brings the authentic sound of Motown to Coventry on 25 Sept in the R G Hemmings Motown Show. This will be followed by a visit from ole’ blue eyes in Frank Sinatra – The Centennial Concert on 26 Sept, a lavish musical celebration of one of the greatest entertainers of the twentieth century.

Looking ahead to 2016, newly announced one night concert shows include Back to Bacharach on 20 Jan, the return of Forever Jackson on 21 Jan and, back with plenty of bite, Steve Steinman returns as Barron Von Rockula in the all new Vampires Rock Saga, The Ghost Train on 22 Jan.

Tickets for The Importance of Being Earnest, Handbagged and The Moujsetrap are on sale now. Tickets for all other shows go on sale to the public on Tues 5 May. For tickets, call the Belgrade Theatre Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or via the website where cheaper tickets are available.