For #BrumHour I’m really happy to champion lovely businesses and venues from Birmingham and places around the West Midlands so I’m more than pleased to share about the lovely Belgrade Theatre over in Coventry. (I’m even looking for a guest blogger to attend shows. See the end of the blog post for more details!)
Not only does it feature a large main theatre, but also a more intimate performance space at B2. Here’s what is coming up in 2017 so far:
Via Rosie for Belgrade Theatre
2017 at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
The Belgrade Theatre has revealed its new season of shows coming to Coventry in spring 2017. Packed full of music, drama and fun for families, the Spring 2017 Season at the Belgrade will see some of the best touring shows take to the stage. The theatre will also be producing a selection of world-class shows in partnership with some of the UK’s leading theatre companies, writers and directors.
The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat
Playing in the B2 auditorium from 18th February to 4th March is The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, based on the book by Eric Idle and adapted for the stage in a new musical version by Dougal Irvine.
Referencing the fact that Monty Python staged their first ever live show at the Belgrade in 1970, Eric Idle said, “I love the Belgrade Theatre Coventry because it’s where we first performed Monty Python live on stage in January 1970 for three sold out midnight shows. It’s very close to where we opened my play Pass The Butler in 1982, and it is totally where Dougal Irvine is launching The Quite Remarkable Adventures of The Owl and The Pussycat which will be sailing into the spotlight shortly to bring more Nonsense to Coventry.”
This fantastically imaginative new musical adaptation, is the latest co-production between the Belgrade Theatre and Sell A Door Theatre Company. Aimed at families with children aged 6+, it’s set to be a celebration of nonsense, and is sure to enthral anyone with a sense of fun and wonder.
Made in India
Also playing in B2 next spring, is the thrilling new drama Made in India from 24th January to 4th February. Made in India tells the story of Eva, whose trip to a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat is her last hope of becoming a mother.
For village girl Aditi, surrogacy is a lifeline out of poverty. Written by Satinder Chohan, Made in India is a play about birth and motherhood in a brave new world, and is produced by the Belgrade Theatre and Tamasha Theatre Company.
Hitting the Main Stage in February, is a new musical adaptation inspired by Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, La Strada from 11th to 18th February. Premiering in Coventry before embarking on a UK tour and West End run, La Strada or ‘The Road’, is a deeply impassioned tale of love and loss, set against the backdrop of a country still reeling from the devastating effects of the second world war.
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Later in the season, the wonderfully funny and life-affirming coming-of-age story, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin runs from 5th to 15th April. This musical by Kirsten Childs started life off-Broadway and features an original score of jazz, Motown, pop and R&B – think Sondheim meets Beyoncé! The story follows Viveca, a bright young African American girl from a middle class family in LA, who dreams of becoming a dancer. This is a new production by the Belgrade Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Bring on the Bollywood
Following its phenomenal success last year, Bring on the Bollywood returns to the B2 stage from 6th to 13th May. Back by popular demand, this glitzy and theatrical love story will be brought back to life by Phizzical in association with the Belgrade in a colourful celebration of music, dance and Bollywood!
There are also plenty of exciting shows for families visiting the Belgrade next spring. From the puppet directors of War Horse comes the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel Running Wild from 22th to 25th February.
This is followed by family friendly opera, with Ulla’s Odyssey, a musical adventure for ages 7+ inspired by Homer’s Odyssey from 28th to 30th March. The family fun continues with Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox on the Main Stage from 18th to 22th April, in this production marking 100 years since the birth of the world-famous storyteller!
Direct from a smash-hit West End and international tour, Michael Rosen’s award-winning book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is brought vividly to life from 30th May to 3rd June. Also, there is songs, laughter and scary fun for ages 3+ in Room on the Broom from Mon 24th to 26th July.
Musicals at Belgrade Theatre
Several touring musicals will also be visiting the Belgrade next spring in addition to the previously announced titles, Dirty Dancing and Blood Brothers. The hugely successful mod musical All or Nothing comes to the Belgrade featuring the music of the Small Faces from 4th to 6th May.
A new 20th anniversary production of RENT follows from 9th to 13th May. And finally, kick off your Sunday shoes and cut loose with the explosive 1980s musical Footloose from 13th to 17th June!
There are loads more great touring shows coming up next spring, including the previously announced West End comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong from 23rd to 28th January, detective thriller Not Dead Enough from 27th March to 1st April, stand-up comedy with An Evening with Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan from 13th to 16th March and Jodie Prenger stars in Shirley Valentine from 6th to 10th June.
In B2 on 24th and 25th March, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a new play told through the eyes of a 16 year old Muslim girl growing up in West London. This is followed by sci-fi thriller, The Machine Stops from 4th to 8th April, set in a dystopian future where humans are dependent on technology. Also running in B2 on 21st and 22nd April is The Underground Man, based on Mick Jackson’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel.
Music at Belgrade
The spring season continues with an incredible staged performance of award-winning jazz and hip hop star Soweto Kinch’s album, The Legend of Mike Smith in B2 from 26th to 29th April. And returning to B2 from 20th to 22nd June, Oddsocks will be breathing new life into Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme.
Looking ahead to the Autumn 2017 Season at the Belgrade, there are a handful of shows available to book now including Godiva Rocks, a new jukebox musical celebrating Coventry artists through the decades, from Alan Pollock, the writer of hit Coventry Blitz play One Night in November.
The theatre has also announced family favourite, The Tiger Who Came to Tea from 13th to 16th September, the Madness musical Our House from 8th to 11th Nov and its pantomime for 2017-18, Cinderella.
Tickets for all of the shows listed above are available to book now by calling the Belgrade Theatre Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or visit belgrade.co.uk for cheaper tickets online.
Guest Blogger for #BrumHour
#BrumHour is looking for a voluntary theatre blogger for Belgrade Theatre, Coventry during 2017. If you can demonstrate your ability and are BASED in Coventry. Drop me an email with an example of your work to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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