Belgrade commemorates 80th anniversary of Coventry Blitz

Published: 3 November 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Charlotte Ritchie as Katie Stanley in One Night in November

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz by revisiting its play One Night in November, one of its “most successful productions to date”.

Written by Coventry playwright Alan Pollock and directed by the Belgrade’s artistic director Hamish Glen, the wartime drama, which was filmed in 2013, follows the story of one family’s harrowing experience of the Blitz, examining the idea that Winston Churchill might have had advance warning of an attack on the city.

The play features Charlotte Ritchie as 18-year-old trainee teacher Katie Stanley who encounters Michael (Jason Langley), an Oxford lecturer, who is stranded at a railway station while waiting for the all-clear signal after an air raid. It will be available to stream online from Saturday 14 until Monday 30 November at the Belgrade web site.

Meanwhile, the Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation is marking the occasion with the release of a new film looking back on the Blitz from the perspectives of five people who lived through it.

The film will feature the voices of two Belgrade Young Company members, Semilore Kaji-Hausa and Georgina Gibson, along with three volunteers from the Lord Mayor’s Committee, Paul Maddocks, Pru Poretta and Rhys Davies. It will première online on Saturday 14 November at the Coventry City of Peace web site.