The iconic, 1950s Coventry Evening Telegraph building is a landmark. Its storeys are heavy with stories. The dusty air of the now abandoned newsroom is thick with them – flying from desk to desk soundtracked by the faint, staccato echo of long-silenced typewriters, dashing to deliver the day’s deadline copy.
Situated just over the road from the Belgrade Theatre – another hub for city storytelling – the Coventry Evening Telegraph building will soon enjoy a new lease of life as a beautiful hotel. But before that, for a brief moment in time, it will become a theatre.
This architectural gem will host two extraordinary, site-specific productions using drama, digital technology and dance to explore the city’s rich history.
In City Final, nine groups led by the Belgrade’s Community & Education team invite audiences on a journey back in time to the days when the building was filled with the hustle and bustle of busy newsrooms.
Drawing on stories covered by the Coventry Evening Telegraph over the years, a series of short performances will fill multiple floors of the building in a large-scale promenade experience.
As well as reliving headlines from across the decades, the show also offers audiences the chance to explore the building itself for one last time before a major redevelopment sees it transformed into a hotel later in the year.
There are two different routes around this promenade performance: Route A and Route B. Route A includes several staircases with few opportunities to sit down. If you are in a wheelchair or have other mobility or access issues, we recommend you book for Route B, which is all on one level and more accessible. Wheelchair spaces are limited to 10 per performance, so early booking is advised. The smallest doorway on Route B is 791mm wide.
Audiences on Route A will be divided and allocated to different starting points in the building. We cannot guarantee that groups of bookers will all be kept together, but your prompt arrival will increase the chances of this being possible.