Casting Announced for Propaganda Swing

Posted on 30 June 2014

The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry is thrilled to announce casting for the UK premiere of Peter Arnott’s gripping WWII drama Propaganda Swing, playing on the Belgrade Main Stage for two weeks this September.

This brand new co-production with Nottingham Playhouse will feature a cast of eight actor-musicians and follows in the success of the two theatres’ previous co-production of Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend which premiered in Nottingham in September 2013.

Directed by Belgrade Theatre Artistic Director Hamish Glen, Propaganda Swing is a captivating combination of WWII intrigue and drama set against a backdrop of glitz, glamour and Big Band swagger.

This powerful new production will see Chris Andrew Mellon return to the Belgrade stage in the role of Otto Stenzl following his critically-acclaimed appearance in the Belgrade’s 2014 Spanish Golden Age Season produced in association with the Theatre Royal Bath and Arcola Theatre London. He will be joined by Clara Darcy as Anita, whose previous theatre credits include the 2014 UK Tour of Brassed Off in 2014 and the Belgrade Theatre production of We Love You City in 2010, Callum Coates as William Joyce/Lord Haw Haw, Miranda Wilford as Lala Anderson, Paul Lincoln as Heinrich Hinkel, Tomm Coles as Lutz Templin, Richard Conlon as Bill and Jonny Bower as Charly.

Design is by Libby Watson, whose previous Belgrade theatre credits include Marriage, Stars In The Morning Sky and Babylone. Lighting design is by Mike Robertson. The musical supervisor is Hilary Brooks.

Throwing a spotlight on the gripping true story of ‘Charly and his Orchestra’, this compelling new play reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists in order to continue playing their beloved music at the price of seeing it corrupted for evil.

The Nazis hated jazz – they saw it as decadent and impure. But one of them, Propaganda Ministry official, Karl “Charly” Schwedler, understood its true power. And he made it his mission to harness that power so the Nazis could use jazz as a weapon of war.

Propaganda Swing will run on the Belgrade Main Stage from Sat 13 – Sat 27 Sept after which it will transfer to Nottingham Playhouse from Fri 2 – Sat 18 Oct.

Tickets for Propaganda Swing are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 priced from £9 – £21.25 or via where cheaper tickets are available.


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Listings Details:

The Belgrade Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present
Propaganda Swing
Written by Peter Arnott
Directed by Hamish Glen
Sat 13 – Sat 27 Sept 2014 (Belgrade Theatre, Main Stage)
Fri 3 – Sat 18 October (Nottingham Playhouse)
Press night: Tues 16 Sept, 7pm at Belgrade Theatre