Belgrade Theatre - Latest Posts for News & Blogs News & Blogs en-gb Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:51:16 +0100 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:51:16 +0100 Don't be napping! Junior chorus auditions announced for Sleeping Beauty The sun might still be blazing outside, but with just 161 sleeps left till Christmas and only 127 until Sleeping Beauty opens at the Belgrade, it’s already time to start the annual search for our panto Junior Chorus! On Sunday 9 September, kids aged 9-16 from across Coventry and Warwickshire are invited to audition to be part of our 2018-19 Christmas pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. In total, we’re looking for 32 of the region’s most talented young performers to make up three teams of eight... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Singing sensation Lucy O'Byrne leads the cast of Evita Following two West End seasons, an international tour and ten years captivating audiences across the UK, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s musical masterpiece Evita heads out on a new UK tour in 2018, arriving at the Belgrade Theatre 25-29 September. Presented by Bill Kenwright Productions, this lavish staging sees the world-renowned show reimagined by a talented cast, led by three major West End stars. Taking on the title role will be Lucy O’Byrne, whose incredible vocals wowed C... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 New co-productions announced for 2019 This week, we’re hugely excited that tickets have now gone on sale for three new co-productions heading to the Belgrade early next year, including Wise Children, the latest venture from acclaimed theatre-maker and innovator Emma Rice, as well as an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s YA bestseller Noughts and Crosses, and the brand new British farce Octopus Soup! Adapted from Angela Carter’s classic novel, Wise Children is the hotly anticipated debut production from Emma Rice’s newly fo... Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Ghosts of the Past: Patrick Connellan on co-designing Read All About It! With less than a week to go until Read All About It! opens, our design and production teams have been busy setting up at the Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, ready for tech rehearsals taking place at the end of this week. In between fit-up, meetings and rehearsals, co-designer Patrick Connellan, who has a long-standing connection with Coventry and the Belgrade Theatre, found time for a quick chat with us about his work with fellow designer Abby Clarke on the show, explaining how it has b... Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Belgrade Springboard Companies take centre stage in 2018 As part of our diverse offerings at the Belgrade Theatre, we take pride in supporting emerging artists through our Springboard Initiative, a scheme aimed at developing the next generation of performance artists and theatre-makers as they begin their careers, helping them to move on to the next chapter of their creative journeys. This year, our five amazing Springboard Companies and Artists have been busy planning, producing and performing an exciting mix of excellent theatre, captivating ... Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Cirque Berserk celebrates 250 years of circus Thanks to the phenomenal success of its breathtaking blend of cirque-style artistry and daredevil stunts, Cirque Berserk is back for its fifth year in 2018, bringing its latest tour to the Belgrade Theatre 26-28 July. But the show’s fifth anniversary isn’t the only cause for celebration: 2018 also marks the 250th anniversary of circus, commemorating a quarter of a millennium since West Midlands lad Philip Astley began his illustrious career as an entertainment impresario. In honour of ... Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Celebrating 20 Years of Big School While the Belgrade Theatre celebrates its 60th birthday in 2018, one of its pioneering community and education projects is also observing a big anniversary this year, with Big School marking 20 years since it was launched in 1998. Delivered in partnership with the local education authority, the Big School project brings live performance into primary schools across Coventry and Warwickshire, with a view to giving Year 6 children the confidence to handle the transition up to secondary school. ... Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Join the celebrations at our Diamond Gala As the halfway mark of our sensational sixtieth anniversary year approaches, the festivities are continuing here at the Belgrade with a whole host of exciting events coming up soon. Back in March, we kicked off the celebrations with a special BBC broadcast, along with our Birthday Quiz where thirteen teams had their general knowledge tested as they battled for victory. Yet the toughest question remains to be answered: will anyone be able to beat our current champion team Waiting for Jean whe... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Casting announced for Rock of Ages Back in Britain for a brand new UK tour, smash hit 80s musical Rock of Ages heads to the Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2019. Packed with over 25 classic rock anthems, this hilarious LA love story follows a starry eyed young couple dreaming of making it big in music while they work the bars and clubs of Hollywood. Presented by Dan Looney, Adam Paulden, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin, this fresh incarnation will star Jodie Steele and Luke Walsh as lovers Sherrie and Drew... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Music & Memories: Lucy Anne Sale creates a soundscape for the city in Retold They say that memories are often more powerfully triggered by sounds than sights, so for a show as focused on real-life community memories as Mercurial Dance’s Retold, finding the right person to to create its musical score was crucial. Forming part of our Read All About It! project – an ambitious performance takeover of the former Coventry Evening Telegraph Building this July – Retold is firmly rooted in the city, not only drawing on its history, but also created and performed by the ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100