Smash hit West End musicals take over the Belgrade’s Main Stage this autumn

Smash hit West End musicals take over the Belgrade’s Main Stage this autumn

Pride and Prejudice (sort of). Isobel McArthur, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Christina Gordon, Tori Burgess and Meghan Tyler. Photo by Matt Crockett.

The Belgrade Theatre is looking ahead to an exciting Autumn Season of musicals, with some of the biggest West End titles taking to their stage in the coming months. Highlights include SIX, Bugsy Malone, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, plus the world premiere of the brand new musical, Bombay Superstar.

Audiences are invited into Fat Sam’s Grand Slam Speakeasy from Tues 13 – Sun 18 Sept, as family-favourite Bugsy Malone embarks on its first ever UK tour. Featuring beloved songs like Bad Guys, You Give a Little Love and My Name is Tallulah, this is a pie-flinging, splurge gun-firing spectacular of a musical audiences don’t want to miss out on.

Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE! The multi-award winning SIX arrives in Coventry from Tues 27 Sept – Sun 2 Oct. Having taken the world by storm following its world premiere at the Edinbrugh Fringe Festival in 2017, SIX remixes five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

Casey Al-Shaqsy (Seymour), Jessica Niles (Cleves), Alana M Robinson (Parr), Jaina Brock-Patel (Howard), Jennifer Caldwell (Boleyn), Chlöe Hart (Aragon) in SIX. Photo: Pamela Raith 

From Tues 4 – Sat 8 Oct, don your favourite suspenders and dig out your feather bowers – it’s time to do the Time Warp (again) at The Rocky Horror Show. Packed full of iconic showtunes like Sweet Transvestite, Damnit Janet and Science Fiction/Double Feature, The Rocky Horror Show is a sexy, fierce and fabulously fun party where audience participation is always encouraged.

The Belgrade is delighted to present the world premiere of the brand new musical Bombay Superstar from Sat 15 – Sat 22 Oct, in co-production with Phizzical and The New Wolsey Theatre. A story of love and betrayal in the golden age of Bollywood cinema, Bombay Superstar is a jukebox musical featuring some of the most iconic Bollywood hits of the 1970s and 80s, and marks Phizzcal’s 50th production.

Blooming starlet Laila is romanced by the dashing hero Sikandar, her co-star in blockbuster musicals. As their passion secretly grows, the intensity of their emotions threatens to burn everything in the city of hope and dreams. Will there be a happily ever after for the star-crossed lovers?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

West End and Broadway sensation Beautiful – The Carole King Musical comes to Coventry from Tues 1 – Sat 5 Nov, telling the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Starring Molly-Grace Culter and Tom Milner – who both previously appeared in the Belgrade’s 2018 production We’ll Live and Die in These TownBeautiful showcases King’s stunning catalogue of hits, with songs like I Feel the Earth Move, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

Bringing the Belgrade’s season of musicals to a close is Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) from Tues 7 – Sat 11 Feb 2023. Direct from its Olivier Award-winning run in London, this unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story stars an all-female cast and features a smashing soundtrack of songs like You’re So Vain, Holding Out for a Hero and I Got You Babe.

Bugsy Malone. Photo: Johan Persson.

Tickets for all of these shows and more are on sale now. Tickets are available to book now at or by calling the Box Office on 024 7655 3055. Phone lines are open 10:30am-2pm, Mon-Sat.

Book a My Belgrade Subscription and save 15% when you book for 3 or 4 shows in the Belgrade’s Autumn Season (Sept-Feb) or save 25% when you book for 5 or more shows.

Charity bike ride raises £70K for a Warwick children’s charity

Charity bike ride raises £70K for a Warwick children’s charity

“It was very emotional for Tim and I seeing the cyclists in their Molly Olly pink tops ride in together to the finishing point to huge applause and a great welcome from family and friends. Knowing why we were there and what everyone has achieved, the difference that it will make for the children we support is truly humbling.”

The emotional words of Rachel Ollerenshaw – founder of Warwick-based charity, Molly Ollys, as 47 cyclists rode into The Durham Ox in Shrewley after three days of a gruelling charity ride covering 185 miles.

More than £70K has been raised by the riders who took part in the Charity’s 10th Anniversary charity cycle ride from York to Warwick which took place on 8,9,10 July. The route was especially poignant for the family as York was one of the last places they visited before Molly died in 2011 from kidney cancer at 8 years old.

The cycling group was waved off by York’s Sheriff Suzie Mercer at York Minster: “I know that for the cyclists taking part, this Charity holds a special place in their hearts. Whilst I never had the pleasure of meeting Molly, I know what a strong and determined young lady she was and so much good has been done in her name over the 10 years that the Charity has been going.”

The route was extremely tough in sweltering heat and with particularly steep hills, but the beautiful scenery helped to keep the cyclists going when they felt they couldn’t go on.

Molly Ollys, charity bike ride

Karen Robbins – one of the cyclists who took part – lost her daughter Leanne 8 years ago to cancer; “I’m not great at words, but I would just like to say how humbling and special the weekend was, I still can’t believe we did it. It was a tough weekend on the hills, but we remember the tough, painful times the kids go through without complaining at the end of their very short lives. Everyone was amazing, there was lots of laughter and lots of tears… brings so many memories of my Leanne.”

Rachel said: “We decided to do this cycle event in 2022 to celebrate 10 years of Molly’s legacy. What a ride it was! It far exceeded our expectations on so many levels. This was a phenomenal team effort with so many highlights. The camaraderie between all the riders and support team made it a unique and very special few days. It was certainly a challenge, but all the riders faced every day head on and looked out for each other and helped their team of riders to complete each day. Thank you to everyone – riders, support team, friends, family and all those who have donated. All the cyclists should feel extremely proud.”

Molly Ollys, charity cycle ride, York
The cyclists arrive in Shrewley on the final day

Over the 10 years Molly Ollys has been going, the Charity has helped more than 16,000 children – directly and indirectly – through delivering wishes, its Olly The Brave therapeutic toy lion and books and bespoke projects with the NHS.

Molly’s dad, Tim said; “Each wish we do for a child costs around £500 so £70K is at least 140 wishes – that is 140 children that we can make smile and help make the dark days brighter. This money will help create happy memories for the familes.”

 To make sure all of the cyclists were safe and kept hydrated, there were five support vehicles and several sponsors who enabled the event to take place. Huge thanks to Oakland International, SCC, HiB, Risk Evolves, Mills & Reeve, Langham Walsh Accountants, Allen Creative, New Horizons Logistics, Mosaic Island, Advanced Vehicle Contracts Leasing and Affordable Warmth Solutions.

Cidery owners celebrate latest awards haul

Cidery owners celebrate latest awards haul

Charlotte Olivier with the latest awards

Success is bringing plenty of cheer to the owners of a Warwickshire craft cider business who are celebrating a haul of new national awards.

Napton Cidery has scooped Great Taste Awards for three of its recipes, No. 4, No.5 and Lost Apple Cider. No.5 and No. 3 have also earned coveted International Cider Challenge Silver and Bronze Awards respectively.

Charlotte Olivier, who runs the cidery in Napton-on-the-Hill with her husband Jolyon, said: “We’re so passionate about the drinks we produce here so it is immensely satisfying for them to be recognised again in this way.

“It’s particularly lovely for No. 5 to win an award. It’s a great fruit cider and the only one that we’re aware of on draught that is made with real fruit, not from concentrate. Up until more recently people didn’t mind the fruit ciders being made out of concentrate whereas these days people are more discerning and want a real craft fruit cider that’s made from real juice and is still competitively priced despite that.

She added: “Most people when they come in will say they don’t like fruit cider but when they try it they always really enjoy it. I tell them the reason they don’t like most mainstream fruit ciders is because they are so sweet- full of sugar and additives.

Napton Cidery, Great Taste Awards, International Cider Challenge
Napton’s recipe No.5 won both a Great Taste Award and International Cider Challenge Silver Award

Jolyon said: “It ticks all the boxes for what the consumer wants. I think cider drinkers are spoilt for choice these days and fussier than they used to be – and they can be!

People are also starting to think about the environment and a big consideration with cider making is about the countryside and sustainability.”

Napton also received the Artisan Drink Producer Award at this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Foodie Awards, in June.

The awards, hosted by Fargo Village in Coventry, celebrated more than 50 businesses vying for success across 17 food and drink categories. Judging focused on quality, service and innovation with an emphasis on farm to fork.

Napton Cidery, Great Taste Awards, International Cider Challenge
Napton’s Lost Apple Cider in a can won a Great Taste Award

Charlotte and Jolyon were first introduced to the taste of craft cider on a family holiday to Cornwall nine years ago. Returning home with an apple tree, they soon started experimenting in their back garden.

Today, the team, in Napton on the Hill, harvests, presses, bottles and distributes more than 150,000 litres of craft cider a year, using 17 types of apples from six orchards across the Herefordshire region.

They also produce limited-edition ciders and perry as well as juices, spirits and vinegars.

Over the coming months Napton are planning to bring the remainder of their signature ciders onto draught as well as extending the popular taproom following sell-out success of their live comedy, music and tasting events. For dates visit:

Napton Cidery, Great Taste Awards, International Cider Challenge

As well as the addition of new staff, the cidery has also invested its funds into new products, including an Apple Cider Brandy, branded glasses and its cider in cans and kegs. They are now planning to further upgrade and streamline their cider production facilities to bring more of the cider making process in house, which would cut costs in the long term and grant them greater control over the products.

Jolyon said: “We are continually looking to build upon our success and, over the next five to ten years we’d like to increase our cider production tenfold, to manufacturing and selling one million litres nationally.”

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Rotarians appeal for help at food packing event to Feed the Hungry

Rotarians appeal for help at food packing event to Feed the Hungry

Rotarians in Coventry and Warwickshire are helping to lead the way in tackling world hunger with the return of their food packing initiative in partnership with Feed The Hungry.

It is hoped next month’s event will prove as successful as the last one held in 2019 when 30,000 meals were packed

It will be all hands on deck when members of The Rotary Club of Warwick, Southam, Leamington, Kenilworth and Henley-in-Arden and Coventry Jubilee, Coventry Phoenix and Coventry Breakfast Rotary Clubs join volunteers from Feed The Hungry charity and others, to pack nearly 30,000 meals to be sent to children in Africa.

It marks a welcome return for the initiative after two years and organisers are inviting as many people as possible to lend their support, at King Henry VIII School in Coventry, on September 10th, filling roles including packers, admin staff and car park marshals.

Jasminder Dhaliwal, of Heart of England Rotary, said: “We at Rotary District 1060 decided to help tackle the problem with local organisations. We believe in service, so a meal packing event where Rotarians and the local community could physically take part was ideal.

“Several clubs fundraised to get the money for the meals and then help pack them to send to Africa for their school feeding programme. In a lot of cases this is the only meal the child gets a day. It also encourages the children to attend school and get an education. It’s a day when hundreds of Rotarians, their families and friends actively get involved in a day of packing meals to be sent around the World.

“Rotary is working hard to reduce Hunger in the UK and overseas. 821 million people in the world don’t get the food they need.”

The food packs, which each feed six people, contain rice, lentils, soya and multivitamin sachets, were funded by a £9,500 Rotary donation and will be distributed by Feed The Hungry.

Feed The Hungry, Heart of England Rotary

Feed The Hungry is an international charity which works to reduce world hunger by establishing feeding programs following disaster relief operations in 21 different countries worldwide. With its partner organisations, since 1987, they have globally assist in feeding over 420,000 children every day in 25 countries. FTH also provides disaster relief recovery programs through its network of community programs around the globe.

Gwyn Williams, International Operations Director for Feed The Hungry, said: “Feed the hungry has been involved in food packing events for 10 years here in the UK working with various organisations and has developed the Hand to Hand food packing program to enable schools, churches and charitable organisations get involved in this amazing event of packing High nutrition food for schools in Africa to encourage children to receive an education.

“Packing meals together as a community or school is an awesome experience not to be missed; but its more than that, and we would like to thank Heart of England Rotary and the students at King Henry VIII School in becoming World changers for thousands of children.”

Donations will also be invited on the day for volunteers of Trussell Trust foodbanks, who will be on hand to offer advice and information about their work.

Gwyn added: “Feed The Hungry also recognises the level of food poverty here in the UK. In 2020 we took over the management of Coventry Foodbank and have worked extensively in providing food provision through its network of Foodbanks, food pantries and community engagement programs throughout Coventry and Warwickshire with its amazing team of staff and volunteers.”

The Coventry and Warwickshire Rotary clubs were also joined by clubs in Birmingham and Redditch.

Anyone who would like to be involved can contact Jonathan Wilding on either 01384 423834 or