Did you know…We develop the creative professionals of the future?

Posted on 28 May 2012

Ever since the Belgrade first opened in 1958, it has remained at the forefront of producing cutting edge and ground-breaking theatre and education work. It has influenced many creative professionals who have acted, directed or even been part of its Youth Theatre.

Actors such as Sir Ian McKellen, Robert Lindsey, Dame Joan Plowright, Richard Briers and David Suchet all came to the Belgrade, attracted by our brave approach to our artistic work. Sir Trevor Nunn had his first directorship here and Clive Owen learnt his craft participating in our Youth Theatre.

On the Donor Board on the Burbidge Gallery, just above Box Office, is a list of people who supported the redevelopment programme back in 2007. Amongst those names are many of the alumni. Next time you visit the theatre, take a look and see who you can spot, they all started out their careers in Coventry.

Today, the Belgrade continues to stage exciting drama and education work. We engage creative people of all ages, many at the early stages of their careers, and we hope that they will follow in the footsteps of some of the great creative professionals who have trod the Belgrade boards in the past.

This commitment to developing our next generation of creative professionals is at the core of what we do at the Belgrade. But in order to achieve it, we rely on the support of many different organisations and individuals. You could help develop the next Sir Ian McKellen or David Suchet by supporting the Belgrade’s work through our Play Your Part scheme, which gives you the opportunity to support individual placements in our Education programmes, make our productions happen by paying for individual props or improving understanding of the industry by paying for educational workshops.

You can find out more about our charitable activities and how you can support the Belgrade Theatre by visiting the Support Us pages of our website.