Belgrade celebrates ten years of B2 in Coventry

Steve Orme

Coventry’s Belgrade has held a party to celebrate ten years of its flexible second space B2 which was the vision of artistic director Hamish Glen.

He insisted on the construction of the auditorium when he arrived in Coventry in 2003 after spending more than ten years at Dundee Rep.

B2 can seat between 200 and 300 people. It allows the theatre to stage “risk-taking and innovative” work.

During its ten-year history, B2 has attracted some of the UK’s top theatre makers to the city. Its landmark production, Joanna Murray-Smith’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From A Marriage in 2008, was directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and featured Hamish Glen’s brother Iain and Imogen Stubbs.

Hamish Glen said, “B2 has been the saviour of this theatre. It’s allowed us to produce high-quality and ground-breaking work alongside our popular main stage programme, and appeals to a broader and more diverse theatre-going audience.

“We’re enormously proud of the work we’ve produced in B2 over the past ten years. It’s helped to establish the Belgrade as a top regional producing theatre and attracted so many internationally renowned artists, performers and creatives to Coventry. I’m excited to see what the next ten years bring.”