As the weather heats up, so are things at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre as it prepares to welcome in a brand new season featuring everything from much-loved musicals to mesmerizing magic acts.
First up, from 19-22 September, Regan De Wynter Williams bring one of Britain’s best-loved and sunniest musicals to the Belgrade Main Stage. Following rave reviews and sell-out shows in Bath and London, Salad Days now heads out on tour, bringing Julian Slade’s and Dorothy Reynolds’ award-winning romp to Coventry audiences. Expect polite naughtiness, saucy encounters and an energetic score from the show that famously inspired a seven-year-old Cameron Mackintosh to fall in love with theatre.
On Saturday 12 January, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Christian Lee is set to wow audiences with a night of mind-bending magic tricks, performed in his signature tongue-in-cheek style. Boasting over 40 million hits on YouTube and a raft of awards, the so-called “King of Comedy Magic” will be joined on stage by some of the UK’s most exciting names in comedy and variety, including FISM World Magic Championships finalist Oliver Tabor, TV magician Max Somerset, multi-award-winner Richard Griffin and ventriloquist and fellow Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett.
From 11-19 January, get ready for a brand new series of live music acts, with top tributes to pop acts from across the decades.
On Friday 11 January, award-winning band The Bluejays will take audiences on a journey through the fabulous fifties with their Rock and Roll Revolution show. From the early days of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash to the heyday of Little Richard and Connie Francis, expect classic hits like Rock Around the Clock, Jailhouse Rock, Johnny B. Goode, Tutti Frutti and Great Balls of Fire, all skillfully performed by the stars of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Dreamboats & Petticoats and Million Dollar Quartet.
On Saturday 12 January, leading Bob Marley tribute band Legend return with another celebration of reggae music’s greatest star. In this fantastic stage extravaganza, a superb cast of seven recreate the distinctive vocals, flawless musicianship and natural charisma that brought Bob Marley international acclaim.
On Wednesday 16 January, singing sensation Jodie Jackson will recreate the greatest hits of the Queen of Pop, Madonna. Incredible vocals, stunning choreography and video footage are combined with fascinating facts and little known stories as Material Girl looks back on the singer’s incredible 35-year career.
Following a hugely popular performance at the Belgrade in 2017, The Little Mix Experience returns to the Theatre on Saturday 19 January with another thrilling, high-energy show. Expect breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and excellent vocals in this tribute to one of the UK’s finest girl bands, suitable for audiences of all ages.
Completing Sweeney Entertainments’ music double-bill on Saturday 19 January is The Best of Queen, starring the sensational tribute band Flash. Italian-born frontman Claudio Desideri makes an uncanny match for Freddie Mercury, perfectly capturing his distinctive look, flamboyant stage persona and iconic voice in this homage to one of the world’s best loved and most theatrical rock bands.
On Thursday 24 January, Olivier Award winners OperaUpClose return with another reinvented operatic classic. Following their bold reimagining of The Magic Flute in May, this dynamic young company now bring their innovative approach to bear on Puccini’s masterpiece, Madam Butterfly. Performed by a diverse cast of singers and musicians, this groundbreaking new English translation retells the story from a female, East Asian perspective, and will premiere at the Belgrade before transferring to London for a four-week run at the Arcola Theatre.
Finally, from Monday 25 February until Saturday 2 March, Sheffield Theatres present the hilarious and heartwarming story of six out-of-work steelworkers in a new production of the international smash hit The Full Monty. Adapted by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy from his phenomenally successful film, this comedy show has rapidly become one of Britain’s most successful stage shows, receiving a slew of standing ovations and a prestigious UK Theatre Award. This “chuffing brilliant” version features an all-star cast including Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Joe Gill, Kai Owen and James Redmond.
For more information and to book tickets for the any of the shows from the Belgrade’s new season, visit www.belgrade.co.uk