Belgrade Theatre announces more hit shows for 2018
The Belgrade Theatre has announced more shows to be added to its Spring 2018 Season, including the multi-award winning West End comedy The Play That Goes Wrong from Mon 19 to Sat 24 March, back by phenomenal demand following a sold out run earlier this year.
Co-written by members of the Mischief Theatre Company, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring.
Awarded the 2014 Whatsonstage.com Best New Comedy and the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong has also recently enjoyed a fourth year in the West End and has played to an audience of over a quarter of a million worldwide.
The world premiere production of Black Men Walking will take to the B2 stage from Weds 7 to Sat 10 Feb as part of a UK tour presented by Eclipse and the Royal Exchange.
Inspired by a real-life Black men’s walking group based in Sheffield, the piece has been conceived by Eclipse in collaboration with Leeds-based rapper, singer, producer and performer Testament. A rising star in the theatre landscape, Testament was most recently acclaimed for his one-man show about feminism, Woke, which fused powerful first-person narrative with his signature beat-boxing and rapping.
Directed by Dawn Walton, this new work mixes dramatic storytelling with original music written by Testament and performed by a four-person cast.
From Tues 5 to Sat 9 June, the essential Scottish musical Sunshine on Leith returns to the Belgrade Theatre in a brand-new production for the first time since 2010.
Follow the highs and lows of Ally and his friend Davy as they return home to Leith from the army. Families, friendships and life are not plain sailing in this funny and moving story about love and life.
With a soundtrack of Proclaimers songs including I’m Gonna Be (500 miles), Sunshine on Leith, Letter From America, and I’m On My Way this energetic piece of musical theatre is loved by audiences and critics alike.
Originally produced by the National Theatre and Complicité, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer explores a new way to talk and think about illness, by Bryony Kimmings and visits the Belgrade’s Main Stage from Weds 14 to Sat 17 Feb.
This funny and moving show will look behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer: newfound friendships, pain and death, mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness and scars…with songs.
Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy, Private Lives, where strong passions and stronger personalities set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes from Thurs 19 to Sat 21 April.
Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives first opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930 to packed houses. Since then, this charming comedy of manners has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences all over the world.
There’s also plenty on offer for families next spring, with the return of Horrible Histories’ More Best of Barmy Britain from Weds 30 May to Sat 2 June, bringing even more of history’s most famous figures back to life on stage in a fun and educational treat for families.
Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!
During the Easter holidays, ages 2 – 7 will enjoy the interactive, sing-along show Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor on Fri 13 & Sat 14 April from the creators of Marty MacDonald’s Farm and Santa’s Christmas Wish. This 40 minute show will be followed by a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny and special gift for every child.
Also for families, Dear Zoo – Live on Stage will visit the Belgrade on Fri 6 & Sat 7 April, based on the classic children’s lift-the-flap book by Rod Campbell. Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Dear Zoo is the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet and continues to delight each new generation featuring puppets, original music and lots of audience interaction.
All these shows will form part of the Spring 2018 Season at the Belgrade, which also includes previously announced shows The Sound of Music, Son of a Preacher Man, Awful Auntie, Thriller Live and more. The full Spring 2018 Season will be announced later in the year.