Update on the Belgrade Theatre’s redevelopment

Pictures from inside Coventry’s historic Theatre as it undergoes a £4.8 million refurbishment.

The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry is set to be transformed as part of a 2020 Redevelopment Project which will ensure the Theatre is a sparkling cultural gem in time for the city’s year as City of Culture in 2021 and beyond.

The project, to be completed in September 2021, has three main focuses to:

  • refresh the 1958 Main Stage Auditorium and foyers;
  • redeveloping the cafe and first floor Burbidge Room, to create a joined-up, flexible space;
  • develop a multi-functional creative talent hub in the vacant Jaguar Pub at the back of the Theatre, as part of the Theatre’s commitment to community, education and talent development.

In the Main Stage Auditorium, the proposal includes the complete refurbishment of all seating and a new like-for-like flooring matching both corking and carpeting.

Over the years, modern theatre requirements have seen unsympathetic minor alterations to the space, usually to support wiring, regulations and safety. The proposals aims to repair and rationalise many of these historic alterations and refurbish the finishings.

The Theatre thus far has secured £3.7 million in funding through a generous package of support from Coventry City Council, DCMS and CWLEP, plus a further £150,000 of crowdfunding support.

Their Play Your Part fundraising campaign is seeking to raise £600,000 from individuals and businesses by September 2020 to help fund their refurbishment, of which £150,000 has so far been raised.

To find out more about their refurbishments or to take part, visit their website here.