WIN: Theatre and dinner for two in Coventry


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CHALMERS News PR is offering another fantastic prize of a dinner and theatre package for two to celebrate the opening of Octopus Soup! at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

The winner and a friend will be treated to a pre-theatre dinner plus a bottle of Cuvee 94 wine at one of the city’s newest restaurants, Bistrot Pierre, in Cathedral Lanes before taking their seats for the comedy’s world premiere.

Octopus Soup

WHAT do you get when you cross an uptight insurance salesman, a bungling burglar and a meandering mollusc?

The answer is Octopus Soup! a razor-sharp comedy making its world premiere at the Belgrade Theatre next month.

Starring TV funny man Nick Hancock (They Think It’s All Over, Room 101) alongside Nuneaton’s own Paul Bradley (Holby City, EastEnders), this ‘souper’ new show is being billed as the perfect winter pick-me-up for fans of The Play That Goes Wrong and One Man, Two Guv’nors.

The farce begins when washed-up insurance man Seymour (Nick Hancock) attempts to turn his failing career around by pitching his Big Idea to company CEO Virginia (Gillian Bevan). But as he prepares to make the all-important phone call from home, he’s interrupted by Marvin (Paul Bradley) – a hopeless burglar who just happens to have a pet octopus in tow!

But with Seymour’s neurotic wife Gloria (Carolyn Backhouse) anxiously awaiting news on a star TV role, psychopathic crime boss Alan (Eric Richard) popping by for dinner and a share of the £30 billion insurance market at stake, will our heroes be able to keep everyone from smelling something fishy? And will they and their cephalopod comrade get out alive?

With real-life experience as a mortgage broker as well as previous stage credits including West End hit An Evening with Gary Lineker to draw on, former TV host Nick Hancock is the perfect man for the job. Best known for his roles as the loveable Nigel Bates in EastEnders and Elliot Hope in Holby City, Paul Bradley is joined by acclaimed performers Gillian Bevan (Maydays, Cymbeline, RSC; Billy Elliot, West End) and Carolyn Backhouse (Coronation Street; Private Lives, Closer, Birmingham REP). Completing the cast is long-running star of The Bill Eric Richard, who swaps Bob Cryer’s copper’s uniform for a new criminal makeover as the menacing Alan.

Directed by Belgrade Theatre Associate Artist Joe Harmston, Octopus Soup! is the first produced play co-written by comedy duo Jack Milner and Mark Stevenson, and is partly inspired by a true story.

Jack Milner explains: “We both had to pitch some work with a big software company via a sort of webcast – Mark was doing a talk and I was running a team-building exercise. Lots of things went wrong – mostly on the tech side.”

Mark Stevenson added: “That experience led us to discussing the worst thing that could possibly happen during a presentation. It wasn’t long before we hit upon being burgled, beaten and tied up as the perfect disaster, and that became the original idea for Octopus Soup!”

Octopus Soup! plays at the Belgrade Theatre between February 2nd and 16th. Tickets are available from the box office on 024 7655 3055, or visiting

Bistrot Pierre

WALK into the new Bistrot Pierre in Coventry and you could be stepping into France. An informal, relaxing atmosphere where, whatever your age, and whatever the occasion, everyone feels at home. All of the Bistrots are uniquely different – based on original, traditional Parisian bistrots with authentic artworks and furniture shipped across from the channel. 

Delicious food, freshly prepared by the chefs, include classics such as steak frites and creme brûlée to Bistrot’s take on regional favourites such as Barbary duck breast with dauphinoise potatoes. There is something for everyone, with choices for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets as well as a children’s menu.

The restaurant, which opened in Cathedral Lanes in November, opens every day from 11.30am and for breakfast from 9.30am every weekend. There is also the popular prix fixe lunch and early evening menus which our winner will have the chance to enjoy.

 The wide range of drinks and wines are largely sourced from small, local producers.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The winner can attend any performance of Octopus Soup subject to availability and tickets must be pre-booked.
  • The winner will receive a two-course Prix Fixe pre-theatre dinner or lunch plus a bottle of Cuvee 94 wine for two people.
  • The prize is available every day (until 30th April 2019, excluding Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Easter Sunday) and two courses can be selected from either the lunch prix fixe or our early evening prix fixe menu (order before 6.45pm)
  • Prize cannot be substituted for cash or other menus. Wine can be red, white or rose Cuvee 94 house wine. Prize is subject to availability and pre-booking is recommended to secure a table at your preferred date/time.
  • Promoter: Bistrot Pierre, Milton Chambers, Milton Street, Nottingham NG1 3EN.
  • Chalmers News PR cannot be help responsible for any issues that arise through the prize providers.
  • A winner will be chosen at random and announced/contacted on Wednesday, January 23rd.




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