The Belgrade Theatre confirms that it has cancelled Russian State Opera’s performances of Aida and Carmen scheduled for 24 and 25 March and the Russian State Ballet performances planned for November.
This is in response to the devastating conflict currently taking place in Ukraine and follows discussions between management, trustees, stakeholders and producers which have been ongoing since last Thursday.
The Belgrade was created to help heal its community after World War II. Today it is a Theatre of Sanctuary in the heart of Coventry – the City of Peace and Reconciliation.
“Our responsibility is to all communities and this decision to cancel has been measured and informed. We wish to send a message against war and oppression. We do not wish to ostracise any of our Ukrainian or Russian communities that help to make Coventry the beautiful, multicultural home it is.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this conflict including artists from all nationalities who perform for peace. We recognise standing in solidarity to a cause or community should never come at the expense of another. Theatres should be safe spaces to bring people together – we wish to hold a public conversation for peace and reconciliation for anyone affected by this issue. If you would like to be part of this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org” Laura Elliot, CEO and Corey Campbell, Creative Director.
All customers who have purchased tickets for these performances will be contacted to confirm their full refunds. We ask customers to wait to be contacted during this busy time.