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£4.8million redevelopment Belgrade Theatre

Published: Wednesday, 29 May 2019

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The current Belgrade Theatre Coventry. (Image: Picture from Belgrade Theatre/www.nicolayoungphotography.co.uk)

As Coventry’s year as City of Culture rapidly approaches, plans are now in place to get the Belgrade Theatre fully prepared

An ambitious £4.8million project to redevelop Coventry's Belgrade Theatre has been launched.

As Coventry’s year as City of Culture rapidly approaches, plans are now in place to get the Belgrade Theatre fully prepared for an exciting 2021, with the 2020 Redevelopment Project getting underway over the next 18 months.

After securing initial funding from Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the theatre is now looking to audiences and supporters to “play a part” in raising the remaining £600,000 needed to reach its £4.8 million target.

Designed to improve facilities and visitor experience, as well as bolstering the theatre’s financial resilience in years to come, the redevelopment project will be divided into three separate phases.

Phase one

Phase one will be the much-needed refurbishment of its foyers and Main Stage auditorium, part of the Grade II listed, original 1958 building which last year celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Phase two

Phase two will be the linking up of the ground floor café and first-floor Burbidge Room to create a flexible, combined space for eating, drinking and socialising – an ideal place to grab a bite to eat before a show, or simply to meet up with friends or family for a meal.

Phase three

The third and final phase of the project will be the transformation of the nearby Jaguar building into a multi-functional “creative talent hub”. Currently sitting empty, the former public house will be repurposed to provide extra space for rehearsing and developing work, making it an invaluable resource for the Belgrade’s various youth and community groups as well as for local emerging artists, such as those supported by the theatre’s Springboard talent development programme.

Above this space, two self-contained flats will also be available for hire by visiting actors and creatives, providing the theatre with a useful new revenue stream, allowing more money to be invested back into its work at a time when traditional budgets are under increasing pressure.