Modern reimaginings of Mozart and Marivaux are headed for the Belgrade Theatre this spring, along with a new musical from BAFTA winning company Sheep Soup, and an adaptation of Helen Tse’s memoir Sweet Mandarin.
Acclaimed actor Nigel Planer (The Young Ones) turns his hand to writing with The Game of Love and Chai, a British Asian twist on classic French farce, The Game of Love and Chance. Featuring vibrant Bollywood song and dance, this contemporary retelling follows a young would-be couple kicking back against convention. When Rani’s mother Kamala pushes her to marry the successful but socially awkward businessman Raj, she decides to test him out by convincing her cousin Sita pretend to be the bride – unaware that Raj has devised a similar scheme with his driver, Nitin!
Following their innovative reworkings of La Boheme and Carmen, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose return to Coventry with an exciting take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, adapted by Glyn Maxwell and blending classical and electronic orchestration. Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive nightclub, Tamino has no time for beggars, paparazzi or even his girlfriend Pamina. After a blazing row, the couple head to bed, where they relive evening’s events, distorted through the filter of extraordinary dreams.
Television Workshop graduates Sheep Soup bring their comic style to bear on new musical The Leftovers, exploring the pain of grief and the pitfalls of artistic interpretation. In this heartfelt and hilarious production, the sudden death of gig reviewer Jodie prompts her friends to join forces for a musical tribute. But is this really about paying their respects, or just an intense form of music therapy?
Finally, In-Sook Chappell’s Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok presents the extraordinary true story of the women behind Manchester’s famous Sweet Mandarin. Based on the memoirs of Helen Tse, this tale of love, laughter and food is presented alongside a live cookery demonstration.
Tickets for these shows and more are available by calling the Belgrade Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or visiting www.belgrade.co.uk.