Saturday 8 January at 11am

We’re moving out of The REP in January 2011 while building work on the joint REP/Library of Birmingham takes place. So we’ll be performing at different venues across the city for two years before returning home in 2013 – just in time for our 100th birthday.

But before we leave our home in Centenary Square we’re putting on a very special show here at The REP in which you can be one of the stars!

The Final Curtain is a one-off live show, hosted by BBC WM’s Joanne Malin and broadcast live from the theatre, and it’s taking place at 11am in our Main House on Saturday 8 January – the very last day the theatre is open to the public!

Birmingham born writer Polarbear is putting together the content for this show. Raised on a diet of hip-hop, Maradona and Charles Bukowski, Polarbear has been speaking his work on stage since Glastonbury 2005. He writes rhythmical stories from a no-nonsense perspective. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 4 as well as GMusic and his writing and performance style has led to regular work with young people.

The piece that Polarbear is writing for The Final Curtain is inspired by our customers’ memories of The REP and that’s why we want you to be a part of this celebration!

And if you’re a little nervous about taking part don’t worry – the idea is that everyone in the auditorium joins in together so you won’t be performing alone!

We’re sure it’s going to be great fun and it’s also your chance to be part of a little bit of The REP’s history. And all funds raised from The Final Curtain will go towards our REPAir Appeal for building refurbishments so by taking part you’ll be playing a starring role in more ways than one!

Book your seat at the event for just £5 by calling our Box Office on 0121 236 4455.

Hope to see you there!

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking


  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP, West Midlands, England
  • The main auditorium at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
  • Phone: 0121 245 2000
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Farewell, Birmingham REP! (well for the next few years at least!) Seeing as the theatre will be closed for the next few years, will the Archive shows on this website be extended to before 2008? It would be great to revisit the pages for Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland and other great shows at the REP since back then! Also will the 2010 production of Little Shop of Horrors transfer anywhere or go on tour? It was such a great production I think it should definately be brought back at some point in the future! Good luck with the off-site season!

Thanks for your comments, James. Making our whole archive digitally available is definitely one of our goals. No plans for a Little Shop tour at present, but never say never!

To The REP,
As a REP actor and helper,
I would like to say Thank You to The REP for all it has done for me in the past and present day,
The First play I ever went to see at the REP was Peter Pan many, many, years ago when I was a very young child. Ever since then I have always had the ambition to be on that stage, So thanks to, NOW, THE OLD REP! for all it has done for me, and thanks to Tim Ford although he is no longer in the REP!