Birmingham Rep at 100

table18In February Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company celebrated its 100th birthday. The dramatic century was marked with a gala performance of Philip Pullman’s I Was A Rat! Following is a celebratory programme of exhibitions, activity days, guided backstage tours, an audio history project and a new website REP100.org which will make the company’s remarkable archives available to the public for the first time.

REP100 – Behind The Scenes Tours

Until 30 March

The Old Rep was The Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s original home; funded and managed by Sir Barry Jackson. These backstage tours will provide a fascinating insight into the early days of the company – when producing and performing twenty or more plays in repertoire was quite normal. Stand in the wings and sit in the Green Room while The REP’s guides interpret both the building and the REP100 exhibition.
Free of charge. Places must be booked in advance.

Heather Gardner 

A version of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler by Robin French
Until- 28 March

It’s September 1962. Beautiful socialite Heather returns from her honeymoon to her dream home in Edgbaston where Neville Chamberlain once lived – but nothing is turning out as planned. Heather soon finds herself on a spiral of self-destruction, caught between her old flame Alec Lambart and the clutches of the predatory solicitor Peregrine Brand. There can be only one outcome.
Directed by Mike Bradwell.
Tickets: £8 to £28, with concessions available.

REP100 Weekender

23 & 24 March
The REP100 weekender will be devoted to a series of talks and discussions on the REP’s achievements and significant influence on the development of British theatre over the last century.

REP100 – Hidden Histories

Until 30 March
Interactive, theatrical and vivid, experience the Old Rep’s stories bursting to life. Try on costumes, write your own press report, and help get the theatre ready for its first ever performance. Lots of activities for all ages.
Free of charge. Places must be booked in advance.

The new REP on Broad Street, a talk by Graham Winteringham
30 March, 1pm
Architect of the theatre on Broad Street, Graham Winteringham tells the fascinating story of being commissioned to design a new and democratic repertory theatre – to reflect the physicality of the Old Rep, but to seat an audience of 900 seats! Learn more about his award-winning design.
Free of charge. Places must be booked in advance.

REP100 – The Quiet Pioneer

30 March, 4pm

The Quiet Pioneer is a documentary about Sir Barry Jackson, the founder of Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company, giving an insight into his life and work in Birmingham, Stratford and Malvern. A special screening in association with Flatpack Festival, for more information visit flatpackfestival.org.uk.
Free of charge. Places must be booked in advance.

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