Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre to stage new plays in spring season

Last Updated on 2 October 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

New plays and major touring productions feature as part of the 2022 spring season at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry

Fighting Irish Belgrade
Artwork for Fighting Irish at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry

the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry is to stage new plays including Fighting Irish and Pilot Theatre’s The Bone Sparrow as part of its spring season.

The season will also feature touring productions such as Robert Icke’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Peter James’s Looking Good Dead starring EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt and a new comedy inspired by classic board game Cluedo.

Tickets for the new season, which begins in March 2022, are on sale to Belgrade Members now and will go on general sale from 15 October 2021.

The Belgrade is co-producing the world premiere of The Bone Sparrow with Pilot Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Derby Theatre as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. It will run at the Belgrade from 22 to 26 March as well as at York, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmonds, Derby, Colchester and Theatre Peckham in London.

Directed by Esther Richardson, The Bone Sparrow is adapted by S Shakthidharan from Zana Fraillon’s young adult novel, which tells the story of a Rohingya refugee boy who has spent his entire life living in a detention centre in Australia.

The Belgrade is producing the world premiere of Fighting Irish, a drama by Coventry writer Jamie McGough, for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Running from 2 to 16 April, it is based on an extraordinary true story, charting the rising and falling fortunes of the McGough brothers, and mapping the journey of the Irish diaspora through one family’s story.

It will be co-directed by Hamish Glen – his last show for the Belgrade Theatre as artistic director before he steps down in March 2022 – and Corey Campbell, the theatre’s co-artistic director for 2021.

The season will be rounded off by One Kiss from 7 to 9 July, presented by One Kiss Theatre Company in association with the Belgrade Theatre. It features Lara J West performing three women’s journeys through womanhood, accompanied by a live band and original score.

The Belgrade’s spring season begins in March with Looking Good Dead, adapted by Shaun McKenna, from 7 to 12 March.

Miss Scarlet, Professor Plumb, Mrs Peacock and Colonel Mustard come to life in Cluedo from 14 to 19 March. The game, turned into a thriller spoof, is directed by Mark Bell whose credits include The Play That Goes Wrong.

Animal Farm takes to the Belgrade’s Main Stage from 12 to 16 April in a production by The Children’s Theatre Partnership in association with Birmingham Rep, featuring puppetry by Toby Olié.

Children’s show Oi Frog & Friends! Live on Stage, based on Kes Gray and Jim Field’s popular books, comes to the Belgrade on 13 and 14 May.

From 14 to 16 June, chaotic comedy company Oddsocks returns to the Belgrade with their take on Hamlet.

Simon Reade’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning novel Private Peaceful visits the Belgrade from 17 to 21 May.

Musical highlights include the return of the Russian State Opera with Aida on 24 March and Carmen on 25 March.

Further shows in the Belgrade’s spring season will be announced shortly.

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