This summer, the Belgrade Theater’s B2 auditorium will host two revivals of sell-out Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 shows. May Queen makes its highly-anticipated return from Mon 27 June – Fri 1 July, and The Allesley Silas takes center stage from Sat 23 – Sat 30 July.
May Queen made its world premiere in July 2021, as part of Paines Plow’s Roundabout residency in Wood End, co-produced by the Belgrade Theater and supported by Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Also originally staged at a site-specific area in Coventry last summer, The Allesley Silas was a flagship show for the Coventry UK City of Culture Trust, produced by From the Heart Theater.
May Queen boasts a Midlands-based team, with director Balisha Karra and actress Yasmin Dawes returning to production following last year’s success. Karra directed the 2021 production in her capacity as Co-Artistic Director of the Belgrade for the City of Culture year. May Queen’s writer, Frankie Meredith, also hails from the Midlands, and is particularly passionate about championing Midlands stories and artists.
Follow sixteen-year-old Leigh, who has just been crowned Coventry’s May Queen. She’s buzzin ‘, as is the rest of the city. But during Cov’s festivities, our Queen is inevitably toppled. Find out if Leigh can face up to the events of that hot May Day.
The Allesley Silas is based on George Eliot’s beloved novel Silas Marner, and is adapted for the stage by Coventry playwright Alan Pollock (One Night in November). Directed by Olivia Dineley, with music composition by Rebecca Applin and design by Abby Clarke, the creative team are all Coventry-based artists.
The professional cast features Adrian DeCosta (We Love You City, Belgrade Theater 2010), John Bennell and Amy Kakoura. Community cast members include Liz Geuken, Daljit Kaur, Julie Macdonald, Sonia Tranter. Of last year’s community cast, three went on to secure agents, and two now appear in the restaging as professional cast members.
Set in the village of Raveloe – a fictional version of Allesley itself – and featuring the local Rainbow pub, The Allesley Silas is a classic tale of hope, redemption and the unshakeable power of the human spirit.
This year’s restaging of May Queen is presented by the Belgrade Theater in association with Coventry City of Culture Trust, and The Allesley Silas is co-produced by the Belgrade Theater and From the Heart Theater, in association with Coventry City of Culture Trust.
Tickets for May Queen and The Allesley Silas are on sale now and can be booked by phoning the Box Office on 024 7655 3055 (phone lines open 10:30 am – 2pm, Mon – Sat), or by visiting www.belgrade.co.uk where tickets are even cheaper.