On 26 July, Love Midlands Theatre reviewer, Annette Nuttall, headed to the Belgrade Theatre's Season Launch. Take a look at the upcoming gems in their new season...
The Belgrade has launched its autumn season at a 1950’s themed evening at Rialto Reborn for press and Belgrade Theatre supporters.
There is something for everyone with the theatre offering a wide and varying range of productions. Audiences will be treated to musicals, comedians, opera, ballet, Shakespeare plays, new works, classic works, tribute acts and of course pantomime. With Peppa Pig and Santa and the Polka Dot Pirate for young children and Midday Variety shows, all ages are all catered for.
Roll Over Beethoven is the opening production in September running for two weeks. This is written and directed by Bob Eaton who had a smash hit at the Belgrade previously with the 2-Tone musical Three Minute Heroes. Set in the 1950’s, this original show with new songs, tells the story of how a dreary post-war England was transformed forever by American Rock ‘n’ Roll.
On the B2 stage from 10 September is the stage production of Ostrich Boys. This adaptation by Carl Miller is based on the book of the same name by Keith Grey. Its a teenage coming of age story which follows a group of friends on a mission to honour their friends life which was touched with tragedy. It promises to be a touching, emotional and comic play with the four actors playing multiple roles.
No Christmas is complete without a pantomime, once again the Belgrade will deliver a traditional family pantomime, Dick Whittington. With all new sets and costumes the show will look as stunning as ever. Combine this with a strong story and characters (including a Queen Rat) and the traditional pantomime elements of slap stick and audience participation and you have a great family night out. There will be an assistant to the Dame chosen from the men in the audience at each performance, contact the Belgrade for more information.
For the younger children there is Santa’s Polka Dot Pirate, a production specifically created for 2-6 year olds. Santa and his friends help the Polka Dot Pirate find his way home in this interactive adventure. After the show all the children can meet Santa and get a gift.
This season looks to be very entertaining and exciting with everything that is going on at the theatre and out in the community.
For details of the whole season go to the Belgrade Theatre website http://www.belgrade.co.uk