Have you ever wondered where the Dame prepares to go on stage for the Panto, how the Belgrade got its name, or where the actors relax in between shows?
If so, why not make your way behind the curtain, on one of our Heritage Open Day backstage tours, and take a peek at how and where we make the magic on stage happen. You’ll also discover the story of the Belgrade and be able to explore the public and private areas of our wonderful building.
Depending on the productions, either in rehearsal or production, access onto either stage cannot be guaranteed – although there will still be plenty of exclusive access and who knows who you will bump into.
Tours last approximately one hour and please arrive at Box Office 10 minutes before the start time of your tour.
As a registered charity (number 219163), we are reliant on the continued support of our audiences, funders, members, corporate partners and donors – to ensure that we continue to enrich communities and change people’s lives. There will be an opportunity to donate on the day and all proceeds from the Tours support our charitable work – both on and off the stage.
Location: Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry, CV1 1GS
Time: 10:00 – 23:00
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.
Behind the scene tours will be available running at 11am and 2pm
Friday 20 September: 1000-2300
Meet at the Box office 10 minutes prior to the start of tour.
Go to: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/heritage-open-day-tours
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. Approx 1 hour Nearest parking is in the Belgrade Plaza car park behind the theatre. Charges will apply. Access junction 9 of Coventry ring road.