Belgrade Theatre to host socially distanced outdoor Halloween show

Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show will be the first show hosted by the theatre since the national COVID-19 lockdown ended.

More than six months after the coronavirus pandemic forced theatres to close, the Belgrade Theatre is preparing to host Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show – a Halloween-themed show set to take place outdoors.

Trick or treating may be off the cards this year, but that doesn’t mean missing out on Halloween altogether.

23 and 24 October will see theatre companies imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse bring the Halloween spirit to Coventry with a deliciously dark new tale.

Specifically created to satisfy ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this innovative outdoor production will be held in Belgrade Square in front of the theatre and have measures in place in line with the UK Theatre’s See It Safely initiative to keep the audience safe.

Tickets may be purchased in fixed groups of up to 6 people, and each group will be socially distanced during the show.

Face masks will be required to be worn throughout the performance, except by those exempt on mental or physical health grounds.

The show itself is inspired by classic horror movies and the long tradition of carnival and medicine shows.

Live performance will be combined with video projection in this unique outdoor experience, drawing on the producer’s wealth of theatrical and technical acumen.

One of the show’s producers, Andrew Quick, said: “It’s a strange time to be making a new show but we are really looking forward to meeting the new challenges of creating work in the present conditions.

“We felt it was important to keep going and create a piece that was not only magical and entertaining but will abide by social distancing guidance and be COVID 19 safe.”

Andrew is joined by Pete Brooks to produce the show; design will be lead by Laura Hopkins; projection and video design by Simon Wainwright; lighting by Andrew Crofts; original music composed by James Hamilton; and models created by Matthew Tully.

Tickets are available to book online at