Our Change Of Scenery
2011- 2013 marked a change of scenery for Birmingham Repertory Theatre as we underwent re-development as part of the new Library of Birmingham. This exciting venture sees the two cultural venues sharing public spaces and a new purpose-built 300-seat auditorium, plus there has been a much-needed updating of The REP’s backstage facilities.
The Library of Birmingham has been built next door to The REP and is physically integrated with our building. We are joined at ground and first floor levels and share our foyer and the new studio theatre. View the FlyThrough.
As the city’s only major producing theatre, the new 300-seat studio theatre has significantly expanded the range and number of dramatic works that The REP can produce and present and offers an exciting new space for collaboration between The REP and the Library of Birmingham.
In addition to the new studio theatre, the development has created a more accessible, welcoming and stimulating environment for people visiting both the library and the theatre, as well as providing many improvements to The REP, including new rehearsal rooms, set-building facilities and dressing rooms. Finally, The Door (our 140-seat studio theatre) will become a much-needed space for the theatre’s many and various learning and participation activities, as well as retaining its ability to present small-scale shows and work-in-development.
As a result of the building work taking place, we closed the doors to our Centenary Square home in January 2011 and spent the next two years producing work for a range of different venues across Birmingham as well as continuing our burgeoning work with writers, young people and an ambitious community engagement programme.
The company relocated to a new administrative HQ in the Jewellery Quarter, with our set construction workshop in Kyott’s Lake and lighting and props departments in Hockley. Meanwhile, our new Box Office, The BOX, was situated in the lobby of the Central Library on Chamberlain Square. All staff have now returned to our home on Broad Street and are preparing the building for our public launch on 3 September.
The end of our offsite journey marked the start of a new chapter in our long and distinguished history, as the company celebrated its Centenary and welcomed a new Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert, to lead us into the next 100 years of great theatre…