Richard Sadler and the Belgrade

An exploration of theatre photography at Britain's first new post war theatre
Research image for Never had it so good, 1958/9
'Never had it so good' research photography © Richard Sadler

Richard Sadler is a Coventry born photographer. His career began in the post-war economic and cultural boom that Coventry, as centre of the British car industry, experienced. This project digitized about 10% of his amazing collection of photography from his work for the Belgrade Theatre.

A deep dive into the archives of Richard Sadler and the Belgrade Theatre

Photo Miners worked with Richard Sadler and the Belgrade Theatre to scope his archive of Belgrade photographs, which spanned 1958 from the theatre's opening to the 1990s, in order to understand how Richard's historic work could be used for future projects.

Never Had it So Good John Wiles

Photo Miners scanned over 1000 negatives, prints and ephemera, and presented over 250GB of data to both Richard and the Belgrade, as well as a written report to the Belgrade. For their part, the theatre named a seat and a clock after Richard, and invited him to see a show.

The potential for his work is enormous, and we are discussing future projects for the newly produced digital assets, including proposals for Theatre in Education, books and new drama.