Announcing Our Reopening Season!
Roxana Silbert, the new artistic director of The REP, has outlined her plans for our reopening season. Autumn and Winter 2013 is Roxana’s first full season at The REP and also marks the reopening of the theatre’s Broad Street home following its two-and-a half-year closure for major refurbishment.
The REP reopens to the public on Tuesday, September 3rd with a new 300-seat studio theatre -created through the partnership with the new Library of Birmingham – as well as the restoration of its original façade, plus much improved public and backstage facilities. Opening the season in the main auditorium will be the National Theatre’s production of Alan Bennett’s latest play, People (3 – 21 September). The first production in the new Studio will be the world premiere of The Legend of Mike Smith (12-28 September), written by and starring the Birmingham born MOBO award-winning musician Soweto Kinch. A world premiere is also the first production in The Door as one of the most exciting young poets and writers working in Britain today, Kate Tempest, presents her new play Hopelessly Devoted – A Love Story of Extremism (19 September – 5 October).
In her first production for The REP, Roxana Silbert directs Mark Williams, star of the Harry Potter films and The Fast Show, in a new staging of Molière’s biting satire, Tartuffe (1 – 16 November). In his first stage role at The REP, Martin Shaw returns to his home city to play the lead role in a new version of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men (4 – 19 October). A Passionate Woman (21 – 26 October) by the BAFTA award-winning writer Kay Mellor visits The REP as part of a UK tour starring Lynda Bellingham and Christopher Timothy. Siobhan Redmond stars in David Greig’s exhilarating play Dunsinane (24 – 28 September), directed by Roxana Silbert. For Christmas, Bryony Lavery and Jason Carr’s adaptation of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (27 December – 4 January) returns to The REP in a new staging. Plus, twenty years after its debut flight, The Snowman (8 – 18 January) soars back to its Birmingham home.
Roxana Silbert says of the re-opening season:
“This is an historic occasion and I’m thrilled that we are back home after two and a half years working off-site. We are reopening the theatre with an exhilarating season of classics, new work, great hits, fantastic names, an extraordinary range of local talent very keen to perform at The REP and some brilliant collaborative and contemporary theatre making.
Thanks to the restoration, the theatre looks as striking as it did when it first opened in 1971. Our new Studio space, which is shared with our new next-door neighbour the Library of Birmingham, provides us with a beautiful and essential 300-seat auditorium. And visitors will be able to enjoy our rejuvenated public spaces, including the stylish new Centenary Bar & Brasserie, run by our partners Searcys who are responsible for the St Pancras Champagne Bar and the restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery amongst many others.
It is fitting that we open a renewed and revitalised theatre in the very year we mark the centenary of the company’s founding by my visionary predecessor, Sir Barry Jackson. Sir Barry was a remarkable man and his brave artistic vision put Birmingham firmly on the theatrical map. I want to bring that vision forward into the 21st century and ensure The REP honours him by being one of the best theatres in the country. Our season champions new work, nurtures local talent, collaborates with theatre companies both in the UK and overseas and, I hope, creates great theatre that is well and truly made in Birmingham.”
The REP’s reopening Autumn and Winter 2013 Season goes on sale to members today and to the general public on Friday 22 February.