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Coventry's Belgrade Theatre announces reopening plans for May

Belgrade Theatre (credit Dave Worrall)

The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry has announced reopening plans for May.

The venue will open its doors on 17 May – the first day that the government’s roadmap allows.

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Socially distanced audiences will be able to enjoy Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw in John Godber’s April In Paris, which kicks off its UK tour at the Belgrade.

Following April in Paris, the Belgrade continues to book in performances at short notice and audiences will be able to enjoy an eclectic mix of music, theatre and comedy over the summer months.

The theatre’s digital offerings also continue: Jabala and the Jinn, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Private Peaceful and the MT Festival UK will stream at various times between the end of March and the beginning of June.

The UK Asian Film Festival will also be hosted at the venue, with socially distanced audiences watching five film premieres in the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium, including the world premiere of Beatles and India.

An autumn season of non-socially distanced work from 1 September will be announced on 1 June.

Visitors to the venue will be the first to enjoy the brand-new upstairs Café Bar Nineteen 58 and newly refurbished downstairs Belgrade Café which has been created in the building as part of the £5.5m 2020 Redevelopment Project for the theatre.

Joanna Reid, Executive Director of the Belgrade, said, “The whole team can’t wait to reopen on 17 May and to welcome shows and audiences back into our two auditoria as soon as possible.

“We are delighted that we are launching a tour of April in Paris on Monday 17 May and are continuing to work to secure more shows during May to August. We’re excited that we’ve been able to complete our 2020 Redevelopment in time for City of Culture despite the challenges posed by both the pandemic and Brexit. We hope to see you back at the Belgrade soon!”

Picture credit: Dave Worrall

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