The Belgrade Theatre was built in 1958 as part of the reconstruction of Coventry after World War II and was named in honour of the Yugoslav gift of timber used to help reconstruct the city. Early Company members at the Belgrade included Trevor Nunn, Ian McKellen, John Gunter, Joan Plowright, Michael Crawford, Frank Finlay and Leonard Rossiter, with Arnold Wesker and David Turner among the new dramatists.
In the 1960s, the Belgrade pioneered the ground breaking Theatre-in-Education (TIE) movement and it continues its pioneering role today in the areas of diversity, community collaboration and talent development throughout our in-house productions and outreach projects.
A key focus of our work has, and continues to be, developing and supporting diverse emerging artists and off-stage practitioners at both ends of the scale – from large commercial productions, to small, fledgling companies and individuals who then contribute to a reflective, diverse and relevant theatre and performing arts sector.
Our partnership with Insight Arts underpins and enriches the support and development we are able to provide to these young and emerging practitioners and emerging leaders and we are excited to participate in this important initiative.