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St Johns Church of England Academy Winsford Avenue, Coventry, CV5 9HZ
Sun 1 Aug 2021 @ 15.00
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The Allesley Silas

Sun 1 Aug 2021 @ 15.00
St Johns Church of England Academy
Winsford Avenue, Coventry, CV5 9HZ Show on map
Duration: 2 hours including interval
From £10
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Guideline Audience Age Range: 10+
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Silas Marner or The Weaver of Raveloe is one of the great stories by one of Coventry’s most celebrated writers – George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans). This new musical theatre version of the story celebrates Coventry-born creativity. Set in the village of Raveloe, a fictional version of Allesley and featuring the local Rainbow pub…as itself, this is a classic tale of hope, redemption and the unshakeable power of the human spirit. 

With themes that are still relevant today: Marner is a lonely refugee fleeing intolerance and misunderstanding and is viewed with distrust by local people because he comes from a distant part of the country. Robbed of his hard-earned gold, he adopts a foundling child and is gradually welcomed into the community he has shunned. 

Adapted by Coventry playwright Alan Pollock, directed by Coventry writer/director Nick Walker, and designed by Allesley-born Abby Clarke – this is a magical tale of love lost and found - and is presented by a talented Company of professional and local community performers in the grounds of St John’s Church of England Academy School.

The Allesley Silas is produced by From the Heart Theatre in association with Coventry City of Culture Trust and is supported by Arts Council England, Great Place funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Higgs Charity, Barry Jackson Trust and Harry Payne Fund.


Parking is available at Nisa Local on Whitaker Road, CV5 9JE. This is 3 mins walk from St John's Church of England Academy. Stewards will direct you to alternative parking if necessary.

On street car parking is also available outside shops on Whitaker Road, CV5 9JE and Winsford Avenue, CV5 9HZ.

A limited number of Blue Badge parking spaces are available at the venue, St John's Church of England Academy, Winsford Avenue, CV5 9HZ.

Please be considerate of local residents and do block driveways or entrances.

For other travel information, please see HOW TO GET THERE below.


Gates will open at 6.15pm and we will begin seating people shortly after 6.30pm as seating with covid considerations may take some time.

Latecomers will not be seated until the interval.

If you need a ground level seat or space for a wheelchair let us know on arrival and we will help you find your seat.

Interval and Refreshments

We are delighted that the Rainbow Pub (the very same featured in Silas Marner and this production) will offer a bar before the show and at the interval.

The bar will accept cash and cards.

The interval will be approximately 50 minutes into the production and last 20 minutes before the final 50 minutes.


A simple programme will be available free at the performance, but full information will be accessible online at

Here you’ll find the story behind the production, information about the community projects, cast details, our list of thank yous to our kind and generous funders and supporters and more.

Please do take a look.

Seating Arrangements

There are 3 blocks of grandstand seating.

In one we will offer socially distanced seating for people who feel particularly vulnerable. In the other 2 there will be an unused seat between each ticketed group. As seating is unreserved this may not always be possible.

If you are able to wear a mask whilst in the tent we would appreciate it, out of consideration for the audience and our performers who have tried very hard to stay covid free so the production can go ahead.

Please tell the stewards if you would like seating to suit your mobility needs or any other considerations.

The tent is open on two sides and so it could be chilly in the evening. Bring a blanket if you would like.

After the Show

Please keep any noise down as you leave the site.

This is a residential area and we would like to be considerate neighbours.


Photos by Gabriela Lysicanova.


Access information

  • Relaxed

The Saturday afternoon performance (starting at 2pm) will be a Relaxed performance. Unfortunately we are no longer able to provide BSL interpretation.


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