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Belgrade plays get new lease of life on West End and BBC Radio 3

Posted on 18 September 2013

Two plays originally produced by the Belgrade will reach new audiences this Autumn as The Father is recorded as a radio play for BBC Radio 3 and director Trevor Nunn revives Scenes from a Marriage on the West End starring Olivia Williams.

The Belgrade’s critically acclaimed production of Strindberg’s The Father, which was adapted by Laurie Slade, ran on the Main Stage in April 2012. Director Joe Harmston, who recently directed and co-wrote the Belgrade’s new musical The Prodigals, assembled the original cast for the BBC recording, which included award-winning Coventry based actress Katy Stephens and Birmingham born Joe Dixon. It’s due to air on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 22 September at 8.30pm.

Joe Harmston said, “I’m delighted that The Father is having a chance to live again on BBC Radio 3. It is a production that Laurie Slade and I are hugely proud of and it was tremendous being able to get all the original cast together from the Belgrade production. Without them we would never have achieved the accolades we did and it would have been unthinkable to record it without them. Let’s hope this is just one of The Belgrade’s productions moving to radio.”

After playing on the Belgrade’s Main Stage in April last year, The Father has become one of the theatre’s most acclaimed productions. Joe Harmston was nominated as Best Director in the 2012 UK Theatre Awards and Holly Earl received a commendation for her role as Bertha from the prestigious Ian Charleston Awards which recognises the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under 30. Other actors previously nominated for this award include Jude Law, Kiera Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen.

After directing the Belgrade’s production of Scenes from a Marriage in 2008, Trevor Nunn will be giving the show a new lease of life at the West End’s St James Theatre until 9 November.

Adapted by Joanna Murray-Smith from Ingmar Bergman’s 1970s Swedish TV series, the play follows Johan and Marianne from happily married couple to warring contenders in divorce and beyond.

Starring Iain Glen and Imogen Stubbs, Scenes from a Marriage was the first production to be staged by the Belgrade in its B2 auditorium following the £14 million redevelopment of the theatre.

Nunn’s latest West End production will feature stage and screen star Olivia Williams in the lead role. Some of Olivia’s previous credits include the films An Education, Hanna, The Sixth Sense and The Ghost Writer.

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