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2020 Redevelopment Project

2020 Redevelopment Project

Find out how you can Play Your Part in getting us ready for 2021

With Coventry’s year as City of Culture rapidly approaching, plans are now in place to get the Belgrade Theatre fully prepared for an exciting year in 2021, with an ambitious 2020 Redevelopment Project now underway.

After securing initial funding from Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, we’re now looking to you to Play Your Part in raising the remaining funds needed to reach our £4.8 million target.

Due for completion in September 2020, the project has two main outcomes:

  1. To refresh our 1958 Main Stage auditorium and foyers, to give our visitors a more enjoyable experience
  2. To secure our long-term financial sustainability, by transforming our ground-floor café and first-floor Burbidge Room into a joined-up, flexible space that can function as a destination café-bar, operating even outside of the theatre’s usual opening times.

Through the installation of solar panels and improvements to our electrical systems, the project will also enable us to become more energy-efficient, continuing our commitment to reducing our environmental impact.

Phase one of the project is now complete, with the second phase due to take place in summer 2020.

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If we are successful in achieving our funding target, the third and final phase of the project will be the conversion of the nearby Jaguar pub into a multi-functional “creative talent hub”, which will provide invaluable meeting and rehearsal space for community groups and emerging local artists.

But to do this, we need your help!

This is an exciting opportunity get involved in a sea-change moment in the city’s history, leaving your stamp on the Belgrade for years to come, and there are many different ways to Play Your Part. Find out how you can help as a business or an individual below.



  • Enter our Play Your Part Lottery
    By donating £5 a month, you can enter our draw to be in with a chance of winning 20% of the total raised through the lottery that month.
  • Start your own fundraiser
    Want to go the extra mile? Download our fundraising pack for ideas on how you can support our work, from bake sales to sponsored walks
  • Name a Seat
    Donate £145 and we will recognise your donation with a seat plaque in our Main Stage auditorium until 2030.
  • Sponsor a Watch
    Donate £200 and we will recognise your donation with a watch face, to be displayed in our foyer until 2030.
  • Name a Seat and Sponsor a Watch
    Donate £300 and we will recognise your donation with both a seat plaque in our Main Stage auditorium and a watch face in our foyer, displayed until 2030.
  • Become a Star Supporter
    Contact our Development team by emailing or calling 02476 856 750 to discuss donations of £1000 or more.



  • Sponsor a Step
    Corporate donations of £2,020 will be recognised with a named step on the feature staircase in our new destination café-bar. Sponsors will also receive quarterly updates on their gift, exclusive event invitations and more.
  • Bespoke Sponsorship
    Contact our Development team by emailing or calling 024 76 856 750 to discuss bespoke opportunities for corporate support.

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