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Belgrade Theatre to remount The Allesley Silas following sell-out success last summer

The Allesley Silas

Belgrade Theatre is to remount The Allesley Silas following sell-out success last summer.

Alan Pollock’s piece will run in the venue’s B2 space, following a sell-out run by From the Heart Theatre Company last summer during Coventry’s City of Culture year.

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Based on George Eliot’s beloved novel Silas Marner, the production will run from 23 to 30 July 2022.

Eliot’s novel tells the story of linen weaver Silas Marner – a man, once an outsider, who, in his caring for a child, finds redemption, acceptance, respect and love in his community.

The stage adaptation is a large-scale music theatre production involving 24 performers.

Returning to lead the cast from the 2021 production are Adrian DeCosta as Silas Marner (We Love You City, Belgrade Theatre 2010), Marc Carey as Squire Cass (SeaView, Belgrade Film & Digital 2021) and local artists John Bennell, Amy Kakoura and Gemma-Louise Sharman.

The cast of professional and community performers come from Coventry, Iran and beyond, having worked with Pollock and original director Nick Walker to create the production.

Nick Walker’s magical production, adapted for the stage by Alan Pollock (One Night in November, Belgrade Theatre 2008), is brought to the Belgrade by Coventry director Olivia Marie, with music composed by Rebecca Applin and sets and costumes designed by Abby Clarke.

Alan Pollock said: “We are so delighted to bring this show to a wider audience. We’re a new company determined to tell great Midlands stories in accessible and joyous ways, and this is a fantastic platform for us.”

For more information and tickets, visit www.belgrade.co.uk


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