Drama on the stage

Tom Conti
Tom Conti

Murder, war and intrigue will be among the subjects as a new season of drama hits The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

Coming up is Dead Simple, adapted from the Peter James book of the same name. It tells the story of Michael Harrison who is buried alive in a stag night prank that goes wrong. It is up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to solve the mystery and find him. It will be performed from January 26 to 31.

Alan Bennett’s modern day comedy The History Boys comes to Coventry from February 3 to 7. It is all about the true purpose of education in this moving tale.

A play with live music for children aged seven and over about the cycle of life and the power of friendship comes to the stage. Only A Day runs from February 7 to 21.

Following a record breaking run in the West End, the new production of Twelve Angry Men runs from Feburary 9 to 14. Oscar nominated Tom Conti leads a cast including The Bill’s Andrew Lancel and Drop the Dead Donkey’s Robert Duncan.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And Then There Were None returns to the stage. One of Christie’s most famous whodunnits sees 10 strangers lured to a mysterious island where each one of them is picked off one by one by a killer. But whodunnit?

An ensemble cast including Paul Nicholas, Susan Penhaligon and Frazer Hines comes to Coventry from February 16 to 21.

Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous music fills the air and wondrous characters come to life before your very eyes as the Moscow City Ballet brings its performance of Sleeping Beauty to the stage. The production is on from March 20 and 21.

A 21st century urban love story is to be portrayed on the stage at The Belgrade.

Bloods tells the story of Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart. The show set among a Pakistani community in the Midlands runs from March 28 to April 11.

A legendary musical has been revived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Originally produced by Joan Littlewood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Oh What A Lovely War is a satirical masterpiece which was made into a classic film in 1969, starring amongst others Maggie Smith, John Gielgud and John Mills.

This highly acclaimed revival is a riot of music and colour, deeply moving and features some of the greatest songs from the First World War. The touring show arrives at Coventry from March 30 to April 4.