No fuss but plenty of drama as Birmingham Old Rep reopens

The Stage News reports that Birmingham’s Old Rep reopens after £500K refurbishment announcing that the Birmingam Old Rep has reopened with a special performance of Twelfth Night by the venue's Young REP company. The play was the first play staged when the building opened 95 years ago.

Artists image reproduced from The Stage News,

The Old Rep reopened following a six month refurbishment costing £500,000 funded by Birmingham City Council which includes a new lift for wheelchair users and improvements to the Grade II listed building's box office, bar and toilet facilities.

The refurbishment is another chapter in the history of the Old Rep which was the UK's first purpose-built regional repertory theatre and was the original home of Barry Jackson’s Birmingham Repertory Company.

Councillor Ray Hassall, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said: “The Old Rep is a vital part of Birmingham’s cultural history, and has played host to a wealth of big names and historic productions. Renovating these key areas of the building has made visiting this fabulous theatre an even more enjoyable experiences for years to come.”

The Old Rep provided valuable early experience for a number of actors which have included Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans, Stewart Granger, Paul Scofield , Julie Christie and Derek Jacobi.

Further information on Sir Barry Jackson and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Archive 1913 - 1970 can be accessed from Birmingham City Council's website: Sir Barry Jackson and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Archive 1913 - 1970


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