The Belgrade Theatre was built in 1958 as part of the reconstruction of Coventry after World War II.
The Belgrade acquired its name in recognition and thanks for a gift of timber from the Serbian Capital City of Belgrade that was used in the construction of the auditorium. The Belgrade soon became renowned for its programme of exciting new drama and early past company members at the theatre including Trevor Nunn, Ian McKellen, John Gunter, Joan Plowright, Michael Crawford and many more among the new dramatists.
Having started the Theatre-in Education movement in the 1960s, the Belgrade also continues to pioneer new initiatives in this field as well as other community and outreach programmes.
With 2018 marking the Belgrade Theatre's 60th Anniversary, they are celebrating by showcasing a selection of materials from their archives including programmes and photographs from across the decades.
We will also be showcasing some of the work of our busy production services workshop where the sets and costumes are made for productions both in Coventry and across the UK. A range of costumes will be available to browse through and try on.
Behind the scene tours will be running at 10am, 1pm and 3pm
All public areas of the building are fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs but part of the behind the scene tour usually involves stairs. If you have access needs please advise when you book so that a route can be adapted accordingly. The Belgrade Theatre has a wheelchair on site for use by patrons with limited mobility. Please contact the Box Office in advance to reserve it.
Max 30 people per tour/session. Meet at the Box office for start of tour. Nearest parking is in the Belgrade Plaza car park behind the theatre. Charges will apply. Access junction 9 of Coventry ring road.