Belgrade’s treats for all ages this winter

Panto favourite Iain Lauchlan
Panto favourite Iain Lauchlan

There’s a festive show to suit all tastes at the Belgrade this Christmas with entertainment for adults and children alike.

Fans of a traditional family panto can look forward to an evening of festive fun and frivolity as Beauty and the Beast takes to the Belgrade Main Stage from Wednesday, November 25, to Saturday, January 9.

This year’s festive extravaganza sees the return of Coventry panto favourite Iain Lauchlan, who will be donning the frock once again in the role of the irrepressible Dame Clarabelle Crumble. This will be Iain’s 21st Belgrade panto.

Tickets are priced from £14.50 to £23 for adults and £9.50 to £18 for children.

Family tickets are available from £36.

Meanwhile, running in the B2 studio from Saturday, December 5, to Saturday, January 2, the Belgrade’s ever popular B2 Xmas show is back with added bite with a new comedy, Vampomime, from the pen of Coventry writer/director Nick Walker.

The story follows a production of Beauty and the Beast run by vampires, bringing a range of technical problems; they can’t enter the stage until they’ve been invited in and the glare of the lighting is really painful on their eyes.

Returning to the Belgrade Theatre this Christmas for the third consecutive year is local actress, Katy Stephens.

Katy will be playing the role of Karen and is a regular at the RSC having performed most recently in Candide and Titus Andronicus.

Tickets are priced from £9.50 to £17 with concessions available.

And young theatregoers can look forward to a festive visit from Imagine Theatre who return to B2 from Thursday, December 10, to Thursday, December 24, with their production of Santa’s Rusty Robot, an all-new interactive adventure for ages two to six from the pen of Iain Lauchlan, including a host of lovable yuletide characters and a chance to meet Santa and receive a present from him after the show.

To book, call the Belgrade Theatre Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit the Belgrade Theatre website www.belgrade.co.uk where tickets are cheaper.