|One Night in November|
With the panto season now well under way, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre has announced the final shows that conclude its upcoming Spring 2013 Season. Joining the many shows already on sale are the Belgrade’s own productions of Nikolai Gogol’s comedy Marriage, Chekhov’s drama Sons Without Fathers and the return of its hugely successful Coventry Blitz play One Night in November.
The Belgrade kick starts the spring season and the New Year with its brand new production of Nikolai Gogol’s light hearted and farce-like comedy, Marriage, which will be directed by the Belgrade’s Artistic Director, Hamish Glen.
Running in B2 from Sat 2 to Sat 23 Feb, this new production has been specially commissioned by the Belgrade in its continuing exploration of plays on the theme of marriage. Set during the summertime in St Petersburg, the story follows the indecisive civil servant Ivan as he decides it’s finally time to marry. His matchmaker comes forward with a blushing bride-to-be, but with a string of suitors already lined up, Ivan’s best friend steps forward to help wipe out the competition.
Following its hugely successful production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in 2011, the Belgrade is teaming up with London’s Arcola Theatre once again to produce a new adaptation of Chekhov’s play Sons without Fathers.
Running in B2 from Sat 13 April to Sat 4 May, it is a tale of sex, vodka and shattered dreams.
Village school teacher Platonov is drawn into a series of extra-marital affairs that all hold the promise of escape from the provincial Russian reality where he and his circle of friends are trapped. Consumed by bitterness and disappointment, they attempt to fill the void in their lives with sex and vodka, blaming their fathers for the mess they've been left in.
|The Night Queen|
Hoopla and the Belgrade Theatre are bringing their hit children’s play The Night Queen back for a limited run in B2 from Fri 18 to Sat 26 Jan. Inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Night Queen is a magical blend of music, mystery and adventure.
|Driving Miss Daisy|
The Belgrade will also be welcoming a number of high quality touring productions to the theatre including David Esbjornson’s award-winning production of Driving Miss Daisy from Mon 11 to Sat 16 Feb. The show will star stage and TV actress Gwen Taylor, who recently played Anne Foster in Coronation Street and Don Warrington, who is best known for playing Philip Smith in the hit TV series Rising Damp alongside Leonard Rossiter.
One Monkey, Don’t Stop, No Show will run on the Main Stage from Tues 12 to Sat 16 March. Set in 1970s Philadelphia, this comedy shows how the Harrison’s, the most respectable middle-class Black family in the suburbs, deal with the radical ideas of their young niece who comes to visit from the South.
From Tues 19 to Sat 23 March a new production of classic French farce Boeing Boeing will make its way to the Main Stage, followed by The Arrival from Tues 26 to Thurs 28 March. Created by the award-winning Tamasha Theatre Company, this epic tale is based on the illustrated novel by Oscar winner Shaun Tan and combines theatre, circus and music.
Leading children’s theatre producers Birmingham Stage Company will be making two visits to the Belgrade this spring, starting with another chance to see The Terrible Tudors and the Vile Victorians brought to life on the Main Stage in their much-loved Horrible Histories shows from Tues 2 to Sat 6 April. Later in the year Birmingham Stage Company returns with their acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach from Tues 11 to Sat 15 June.
Direct from a residency in Chicago and a national tour of the USA, the Blues Brothers show aims to bring Soul and Blues to the Belgrade from Mon 29 Apr to Sat 4 May. This live show features a seven-piece band and all the classic Blues Brothers hits, including Everybody, Gimme Some Lovin’,
Shake a Tail feather, and more.
Starring Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard and Ray Quinn, who reached the finals of X-Factor in 2006, the Olivier award-winning comedy, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice stops off at the Belgrade Theatre from Tues 28 May to Sat 1 June as part of a national tour.
Throughout the season the Belgrade will also be staging a diverse range of music, dance and entertainment on its Main Stage with a variety of one night shows including A Viennese Strauss Gala on Weds 6 Feb, Swinging at the Cotton Club on Sat 9 Feb, The Soldiers on Tues 19 Feb and the Coventry Gang Show from Weds 17 to Sat 20 April.
The music continues in March with The Dolly Parton Story on Tues 5 March, Gilbert & Sullivan Abridged on Tues 26 March and Bollywood Hits on Sat 30 March. Moscow Ballet La Classique return to the Main Stage with Coppelia from Thurs 7 to Sat 9 March, followed by Moscow State Circus’ new show Babushkin Sekret on Mon 11 and Tues 12 March. Following sell-out performances at the Belgrade in 2010, Call Mr Robeson returns to B2 on Fri 22 March to tell the story of actor, singer and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson.
Coventry Youth Operetta Group brings their new show All Shook Up to the Main Stage from Thurs 9 to Sat 11 May. This is followed by a packed week of entertainment starting with the Shaolin Warriors on Mon 20 May, Vampires Rock on Tues 21 May, Hold Back the Night on Thurs 23 May, Counterfeit Stones on Fri 24 May and Catherine Gallagher’s Queen of the Dance on Sat 25 May
As the season draws to a close the Main Stage plays host to Coventry Musical Theatre Society’s production of Oklahoma from Thurs 20 to Sat 22 June, Finding Anastasia by The Leamington & Warwick Academy of Dance on Fri 5 and Sat 6 July and Freeman Dance’s Do Your Thing on Fri 12 and Sat 13 July. On Sat 6 July, acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute band Darkside is making its first appearance at the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium performing the band’s Dark Side of the Moon album.
Barnstormers Comedy will also be returning with another series of late night, stand up comedy nights in B2 on Fri 25 Jan, Fri 22 Feb, Fri 15 March and Fri 19 April. Midday Variety also returns with an all-star line-up on Thurs 14 Feb, Thurs 21 March and Tues 23 April.
The Belgrade’s Community & Education Company will continue to work with young people in the city and will be staging two brand new productions in the spring season. Artistic Director of ThickSkin, Nick Bettles will be directing the Young Company in their production Playlist which will run in B2 from Mon 4 to Sat 9 March and from Weds 24 to Sat 27 April the Acting Out group will be performing their new production Journey to X in B2.
All of these shows are in addition to the Spring 2013 shows that have already been announced, including Birds of a Feather (26 Feb to 2 March), Birdsong (29 Jan to 2 Feb), Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom (22 and 23 Feb) and The 39 Steps (22 to 27 April).
Looking ahead to Autumn 2013, the Belgrade will be producing new musical The Prodigals, which will run on the Main Stage from Fri 30 Aug to Sat 14 Sept and will be directed by the Belgrade’s Creative Associate Joe Harmston. Following sell-out performances on the Main Stage in 2010, the Belgrade will also be restaging its smash hit Coventry Blitz play One Night in November on the Main Stage from Sat 28 Sept to Sat 19 Oct.
Tickets for all of these shows are available to Friends of the Belgrade Theatre from Fri 14 Dec and will be on sale to the general public from Mon 17 Dec. To book call the box office on 024 7655 3055 or go online at www.belgrade.co.uk where cheaper tickets are available.