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The Belgrade Theatre and Paines Plough present

May Queen

By Frankie Meredith. Directed by Balisha Karra.

Mon 27 June to Fri 1 July 2022

May Day in Coventry, 2022. Sixteen-year-old Leigh has been chosen as May Queen. She’s buzzin', as is the rest of the city.

The cider is flowing and St George’s flag is flying – but during Cov’s festivities, our Queen is inevitably toppled.

As the year moves on in the City of Peace and Reconciliation, Leigh must face up to the events of that hot May Day, and dig deep within her past and our city’s history to ask – how did she get here? And how does she get out?

Following its acclaimed premiere as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout in July 2021, May Queen will be re-staged in-the-round in our B2 auditorium this summer.

The show explores themes that some people may find upsetting or triggering. Download the document on this page, or speak to Box Office for details.

Photo credit: Nobby Clark from the original staging in 2021.