New Season on sale now!
We’re pleased to announce that our Spring 2014 Season is now on sale.
The jam-packed season includes our very own productions of The Alchemist and three plays as part of The Spanish Golden Age Season in B2, as well as a range of touring productions on the Main Stage, featuring famous faces such as Maureen Nolan in Blood Brothers, including Alistair McGowan in Pygmalion, Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder and Warwick Davis in See How They Run.
Opening the season in B2 is the Belgrade’s own production of Ben Jonson’s classic comedy The Alchemist from 1 to 22 Feb. Co-produced with Riding Lights Theatre Company, it tells the story of a housekeeper who, while his master is out of town, joins forces with ‘a cheater and his punk’ as the city’s premier conman. Masters of disguise, the team of con-artists find their multiple deceptions spiralling out of control, until they receive some alarming news.
Alongside Theatre Royal, Bath and London’s Arcola Theatre, we will also be producing three classic plays as part of our Spanish Golden Age Season. After opening in Bath to rave reviews from the national press, A Lady of Little Sense, Don Gil of the Green Breeches and Punishment Without Revenge will run in B2 from 26 March to 19 April. A Lady of Little Sense and Punishment Without Revenge have been directed by acclaimed Coventry born director Laurence Boswell, who began his career in theatre after showing promise as an actor at the Belgrade’s Youth Theatre.
Opening the season on the Main Stage is the legendary musical Blood Brothers which returns for a two week run from 27 Jan to 8 Feb. Produced by Bill Kenwright, the production recently surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
Also returning to the Main Stage this season is Horrible Histories, with their hit family show Barmy Britain from 18 to 22 Feb.
TV and stage star Les Dennis makes his way to the Main Stage from 24 Feb to 1 March in The Perfect Murder by international best-selling crime thriller novelist Peter James.
This will be followed by the much-loved farce See How They Run from 3 to 8 March. Comic situations involving mistaken identity, doors and vicars, will be heightened by the fact that the cast are all under four foot tall. Amongst them is Warwick Davis, the most famous short actor in Britain, who is best known for his roles in Willow, Star Wars, Harry Potter and most recently on TV in Life’s Too Short and An Idiot Abroad 3.
The Main Stage will play host to a series of music and dance shows, starting with Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story on 10 and 11 March, followed by Moscow Ballet La Classique’s Giselle and Swan Lake from 13 to 15 March and Michael Jackson tribute show The King of Pop on 12 March.
New comedy-horror The Mummy opens on the Main Stage from 21 to 29 March starring Susie Amy, Jason Durr and Dennis Lill. Set in Egypt, a respectable legal practitioner, a beautiful dark-eyed Cornish heiress and a 5,000 year-old man seeking an ancient love and the Tomb of the mystical Queen Tera all clash spectacularly in hilarious circumstances.
There’s more music on the Main Stage with The Johnny Cash Roadshow on 1 April and the return of Irish House Party on 3 April. After a sell-out performance in B2 in 2011, award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor returns to the Belgrade with the Here She Comes Tour on 2 April.
After successful visits with Horrible Histories, James and the Giant Peach and The Jungle Book, Birmingham Stage Company return with classic children’s story Tom’s Midnight Garden from 15 to 19 April. This will be followed by heart-warming drama Brassed Off from 23 to 26 April.
From 6 to 10 May, acclaimed actor Robert Powell will star as Poirot in Agatha Christie’s first crime caper written for the stage, Black Coffee. Having received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of ‘Jesus’ in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth, Robert Powell went on to star in the hit BBC TV comedy The Detectives. Most recently he has been appearing in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in the West End.
American poet, playwright and film maker, Sam Shepard brings his roadshow Chorale to the Belgrade from 10 to 17 May featuring three plays; The Holy Ghostly, The War in Heaven and The Animal (You), as well as two film screenings, live music and a day of workshops.
BAFTA winning impressionist, comic and writer, Alistair McGowan and leading stage and television actress Rula Lenska, star in the centenary year production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion from 12 to 17 May. The cast also includes Jamie Foreman, who has over thirty film credits to his name including Layer Cake and Polanski’s Oliver Twist. His television credits include Derek Branning in EastEnders.
Direct from the West End, Viva La Drag will be on the Main Stage from 19 May, followed by the stage version of hit children’s TV show Peppa Pig’s Big Splash on 21 and 22 May. There’s more music on the Main Stage with Rockin on Heaven’s Door on 23 May, Beatlemania on 24 May and The Illegal Eagles on 17 June.
A new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s family adventure story Kidnapped will wash up on the Main Stage from 27 to 31 May, followed by Bill Kenwright’s new production of Fame the musical from 2 to 7 June.
On 14 June join professional dancers Pasha & Katya, for An Evening with Stars from Strictly Come Dancing, for a live show featuring stunning costumes and a series of live dance routines. Motown’s Greatest Hits – How Sweet It Is returns with the End of the Road Tour on 18 June, followed by Taking Care of Elvis on 19 June and Abba Mania on 20 June.
London Classic Theatre bring their production of Entertaining Mr Sloane to the Belgrade from 3 to 5 July and classic cartoon Scooby Doo is brought to life on stage from 22 to 24 July in in Scooby Doo: The Mystery of the Pyramid, featuring all the classic characters, including Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Scooby Doo himself.
After performing a sell-out concert in B2 last year, Darkside return to perform all the hits of Pink Floyd on 25 and 26 July.
The work of the Belgrade Community & Education Company continues throughout the Spring Season with the Young Company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest from 3 to 8 March. Following the success of Playlist last year, this is a physical theatre production created in association with Frantic Assembly.
Members of the Community & Education Company will highlight transgender issues in their new production Pronoun from 13 to 15 March and the Acting Out Company’s production Bassett will run in B2 from 1 to 3 May.
Other shows to look out for in the Spring Season include the return of Midday Variety on 27 Feb and 27 March, an amateur production of West Side Story on 20 to 22 March, Coventry Gang Show from 27 April to 3 May, Freeman Dance’s Summer Show on 18 and 19 July and the 2014 Physical Fellowship from 15 to 19 July.
Coventry Jubilee Rotary Club will be performing Greatest Hits from the Musicals on 4 April and Coventry Schools Young Entertainer on 5 April and Coventry Musical Theatre Society will stage Crazy for You from 26 to 28 June.
Looking ahead to Autumn 2014, we will be producing a new drama called Propaganda Swing in B2 from 13 to 27 Sept. Set in 1930’s Berlin, the show tells the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists so they could keep playing their beloved music during WWII. Featuring a swing band live on stage, Propaganda Swing will bring big band swagger to the Belgrade.
See a list of all of the Spring 2014 Season shows.