THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
Belgrade Theatre Coventry
2 November 2021 – 6 November 2021
From all directions: Simply follow the signs for Coventry city centre. We’re just off the Ring Road at junction 9, and that’s also how you gain access to the Belgrade Plaza Car Park which is clearly signed from the Ring Road.
Sat Navs: The generic post code for Belgrade Plaza is CV1 4AJ but please note this does not provide direct access to the car park; access is only found via the slip road at Junction 9. If you miss the junction don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes to go round again, just keep to the right until you’re ready to exit.
The Belgrade Plaza Car Park is located just off the ring road at junction 9 and signposted from the roundabout.
The car park is only a minute’s walk from the theatre, is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, has 3 passenger lifts, toilet facilities and reception, all housed in a glazed service tower. It offers disabled car parking spaces (standard tariff applies) on Level 1 and holds the Secure Park Mark award. The Plaza car park also has a bike rack which is free to use.
Please note there is a height restriction of 6ft 6” or 2m 10cm.
Parking rates from 1 May 2013 are now: One hour: 50p, Two hours:£1.80, Three hours:£2.50, Four hours:£3.50, Five hours:£5.00, Over Five Hours:£7.00. Night rates: 11.30pm to 7am £3.00.
Beat the post show queues. Belgrade patrons attending evening performances for 3+ hours between 5.30pm and 11.30pm can beat the post show queues by insert your parking ticket into any pay station in the Belgrade Plaza car park and selecting the “Flat Rate” option to pre-pay the fee of £3.50. After the show please proceed directly to the exit. If your stay is less than 3 hours, please pay after the show.
Alternative car parks
Alternative public parking is available at the Skydome multi-storey carpark, which can be found just off junction 7 of the ring road (next to Ikea) and is only a few minutes walk from the theatre.
Additional parking is also available at the Moat Street car park which is situated directly below Junction 7 itself.
Other public car parking is available in the city and details of other car parks can be found at www.visitcoventry.com. Please note that traffic wardens patrol the streets around the Theatre up until at least 11pm at night.
A drop-off point for people with limited mobility is available via Upper Well Street at the top of Belgrade Square, outside Bella Italia. The point is marked by stainless steel bollards and is approx. 20m from the B2 entrance. Parking is not permitted at this point.
Park and ride
A park and ride service for the city centre is operated by Centro from War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road in the south of the City and from Austin Drive, Courthouse Green in the north. Visit www.centro.org.uk for full details.
Coaches can drop off and pick up in the bus lane on Upper Well Street and wait in White Street Coach Park during performances.
Most city centre buses stop right outside the theatre on Corporation Street, and Pool Meadow, the central bus station is only a 5 minute walk away. For bus enquiries please visit Network West Midlands or call the travel line on 0871 200 22 33.
Coventry station is a 15 minute walk from the theatre, however, there is currently a diverted route from the station due to the major roadworks taking place there. Diversion signs are in place for pedestrians but if you’re unsure of the area it may be easier to jump in a taxi for the short journey.
There is no direct bus route from the train station to the theatre but the Travel West Midlands numbers 11, 17 & 27, and the De Courcey no. 585 and 85 services run from right outside the railway station to Pool Meadow bus station which is a 5 minute walk from the theatre.
There is a taxi rank directly outside the railway station and a taxi to the theatre will cost around £4 and take just a few minutes. For train timetable and fare enquiries visit National Rail Enquiries or call 08457 48 49 50.
All Belgrade productions and many visiting productions are supported by captioning or sign language interpreters and are audio-described. We also have large print versions of our brochure available on request. We have a limited number of spaces to accommodate wheelchair users. These are located in the Stalls area of the Main Stage and in both the Stalls and Balcony 1 of B2. Seating in the Circle of the Main Stage can only be accessed using steps. Please ask our Box Office staff for further information.
Drop Off Point
Patrons with limited mobility who are arriving by car can gain access to a drop-off point via Upper Well Street at the top of Belgrade Square, outside Bella Italia. The point is marked by stainless steel bollards. You can view a photo of the drop off point in the image gallery on the left hand side of this page. You can also take a virtual tour of the theatre, including the drop off point.
The drop-off point is about 20m / 66ft from the B2 entrance and has a dropped kerb and a ramp that will give patrons easy access to the theatre entrance. Parking is not permitted in this area.
On-site Wheelchair: The Belgrade Theatre has a wheelchair on-site for use by patrons with limited mobility. If you wish to have temporary use of the wheelchair please speak to one of Box Office team in advance. A member of staff will then be in touch to confirm availability and further details.
Captioned Performances – Captions convert the spoken word into visible text and are produced by a display unit installed on or near the stage and are delivered by an accredited captioner.
Audio Described Performances – Many of our productions are audio described. Headsets for the description are available from the merchandise counter and may be reserved at Box Office at the time of booking.
Some of our productions are Sign Language Interpreted. Please ask about Hearing and Guide Dog spaces when booking.
Sign Language Integrated Performances (performances where Sign Language Interpreters are a part of the performance) and Touch Tours (where you can visit and feel the props prior to the show) are available for our pantomime.
Age Recommendations and Suitability
The Belgrade Theatre presents a variety of productions that reflect a range of subject matters for a broad range of audience types. These subjects often reflect contemporary life and as a result may present a range of real life situations including scenes of an adult nature, bad language and violence.
On occasion we feel it appropriate to give guidance and shows which require clarification will have an age recommendation on them.
An age recommendation can mean that the show may contain bad language, scenes of an adult nature or violence. If any of these issues are of concern to you please consult one of our box office staff who will be able to advise you further.
Access Supported Performances
When providing Access Supported Performances, the Belgrade considers each of the following questions:
How long is the show running at the Belgrade Theatre?
This is a consideration as the personnel who deliver each type of Access Support need several days’ preparation to be able to deliver the service effectively: they need to see a performance, at least twice, then prep and rehearse it, then deliver it. The upshot of this means that a show needs to be performed at the Belgrade for a minimum of at least 6 days.
How much dialogue is in the show?
As we do not know the answer to this question when we book the production in, we take advice from the Producers.
What is the target audience?
This is another important consideration as to which Access Support to provide.
Which Access Support would be appropriate?
The answers to points 2) and 3) above will inform our decision. The more spoken word in a production the more the show could naturally lend itself to captioning. Productions with less words lend themselves more to being signed, e.g. a show aimed at younger children or musical shows.
With regard to audio description, the theatre endeavours to provide this service for all shows lasting at least six days. New equipment has recently been installed that offers patrons over 93% coverage across Main House seating. For more information please download the zoning chart from the left hand side of this page.
Patrons booking a Wheelchair space are entitled to one free companion ticket – no proof of disability status is required. We also offer one free ticket for the companion of a customer who is unable to attend an event unaccompanied due to a disability but is not a wheelchair user. The disabled patron will be asked to produce one of the following as validation of status, either upon booking or when collecting the tickets:
A letter confirming receipt of Disability Living Allowance.
A Local Authority Mobility Card/Pass.
A Disabled Person’s Railcard.
Local Authority Registration Cards for Visual Impairments or certificate.
Doctor’s note (valid for 6 months)