The REP100 Weekender is an exciting opportunity to hear talks from theatre’s biggest names and to join discussions on our fascinating history. Saturday 23 March will explore the inspiring journey of The REP’s founder, Sir Barry Jackson and his significant impact on British theatre. Sunday 24 March celebrates the major role of women in our theatre’s history.

Priced at just £5 a day, the REP100 Weekender is perfect for anyone with a passion for theatre. Plus, book to see Heather Gardner on either 23 or 24 March and see that day’s REP100 Weekender events for free!

To further enhance your REP100 Weekender, Ming Moon Chinese Restaurant on Hurst Street are providing a special lunch offer for £7 and a dinner offer for just £11 on both days. Please call our box office on 0121 236 4455 to confirm your REP100 Weekender booking and receive the offer code for the discounted meal.

Saturday 23 March 9:30am – 6:00pm Station Street to Stratford via Malvern
9.30 – 10.00Arrive, registration, tea and coffee
10.00 – 11.15Keynote speech by John Harrison on his experiences working with Sir Barry Jackson, Paul Scofield and Peter Brook, both at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Stratford in the 1940s, and also his time as Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the 1960s
11.15 – 12.30Playwright David Edgar and guests discuss Sir Barry Jackson’s work in Birmingham, Malvern and Stratford.
12.30 – 14.00Lunch and tours of exhibition
14.00 – 14.30A showing of The Quiet Pioneer – the acclaimed documentary film about Sir Barry Jackson’s career.
14.30 – 16.00REP100 curator Gwendolen Whitaker presents items from archive which tell the fascinating story of The REP.
16.00 – 18.00The REP’s new Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert discusses re-imagining classics with writer Robin French and designers Pamela Howard, Ruari Murchison and Jamie Vartan. They will explore the first modern dress Shakespeare production in 1923 to The REP’s new Sixties-set production of Hedda Gabler, Heather Gardner.

Sunday 24 March 9:30am – 4:00pm Drama Queens
9.30 – 10.00Arrive, registration, tea and coffee
10.00 – 11.00Meera Syal gives a keynote speech on women in theatre and the important role that women have played in The REP’s history.
11.00 – 12.00Professor Claire Cochrane leads an all-female panel of celebrated writers, including Bryony Lavery, Gurpreet Bhatti and Rachel Delahay.
12.00 – 13.30Lunch and tours of exhibition
13.30 – 14.45Janet Suzman leads an all-female panel of actors, including Lorna Laidlaw, Shelley King and Elizabeth Hopper.
14.45 – 16.00 Roxana Silbert leads a discussion on the role of women in theatre today and historically with Kate Horton, Gwenda Hughes, Janet Suzman, Vikki Heywood, Kate Organ and Elizabeth Freestone.

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking

The Old Rep

  • Address: Station Street, (Nearest car park is on Dudley Street), Birmingham, B5 4DY
  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
  • Phone: 0121 236 4455

Part of REP 100

Past events in this season


Ten schools. Ten minutes. Ten scenes. Ten decades

Open Day 2013

Free activities for all the family

Creating Theatre Seminar

Seminar on the process of creating theatre

100 Years Of Theatre Design

A talk on 100 years of theatre design

The Quiet Pioneer: Film Showing

A film about Sir Barry Jackson in association with Flatpack Festival

Hidden Histories - REP100

The secret stories and untold tales that never made it to the stage

REP 100 Bricks and Mortar

Free talks on the architectural history of The REP.

Behind the Scenes - REP100

Backstage tours providing insight into the early days of the company