Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News News en-gb Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:08:10 +0100 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:08:10 +0100 Full Cast & Creative Team Announced For The Most Terrifying Show This Year With just a month to go until the UK premiere of The Exorcist, we’re thrilled to reveal that the cast will feature Jenny Seagrove in the role of Chris, Peter Bowles as Father Merrin and Adam Garcia as Damien. Appearing alongside them will be Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Joseph Wilkins as Father Joe and Tristram Wymark as Burke. Jenny Seagrove, one of the UK’s most respected actresses, will be playing the role of Chris, the... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 We're Venue Of The Year We are delighted to have been awarded ‘Venue of the Year’ at the prestigious Birmingham Awards 2016 held on Saturday 10th September at the Vox Conference Arena. The award was for the venue’s ability to host exhibitions, company events and functions. Stuart Rogers, Executive Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre said: “A big thank you to everyone who voted for us and a huge congratulations to the events team and everyone else at The REP who helped us to win this award, it’s a... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Welcoming A Supporting Cast Of New Corporate Members The REP has forged four new corporate partnerships which will provide vital support for The REP’s work both on stage and in the community. The theatre is delighted to have embarked on a partnership with Birmingham based accountants UHY Hacker Young which will see the firm support The REP’s work with emerging artists and theatre makers. To celebrate the start of this relationship, UHY hosted a very special event in partnership with The REP which featured a sharing of Rosie Kay Dance Compa... Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 A Theatrical Feast Awaits This Autumn... Politics and pirates, handbags and horror, old classics and new compositions – we’re pleased to present our Autumn and Winter Season, a wonderfully compelling programme blending the old and familiar with the new and re-imagined. Click here to browse our full season of shows. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 REP Foundry: Where They Are Now (Amerah Saleh) The deadline for applications to join this year’s REP Foundry artist development programme is fast approaching, on Monday 22 August. The Foundry is an award-winning annual programme for emerging directors, writers, theatre makers and companies from across the West Midlands, now in its fourth year. This year-long scheme supports artists through workshops, making and sharing work and professional mentoring. Following on from our posts over the last couple of weeks, we finish the series b... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Composer Nick Powell Talks About World Première Of Brand New Production Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, two of Birmingham’s most iconic arts offerings, join together next month (September 2016) for the World Première of Cold Calling: The Arctic Project, a unique and captivating live performance piece. Cold Calling: The Arctic Project will fuse film installation, an original score and dialogue in the The REP’s STUDIO, where it plays for just three performances. This contemporary new production is performed by a... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 REP Foundry: Where They Are Now (Anna Himali-Howard) There are just two weeks until the deadline for applications to join this year’s REP Foundry artist development programme on Monday 22 August. The Foundry is an award-winning annual programme for emerging directors, writers, theatre makers and companies from across the West Midlands, now in its fourth year. This year-long scheme supports artists through workshops, making and sharing work and professional mentoring. Following on from our post last week, we continue to catch up with our ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Wanted! Albion, Blues and Villa Fans To Bring Football Drama To The Stage The REP is looking for dedicated local football fans to help create a new play, Stadium, which will premiere at the theatre in Centenary Square in June 2017. Stadium, which is being led by the internationally successful French director and writer, Mohamed El Khatib, will focus on the devoted supporters of Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Fans are being invited to share their stories as to why they love the game and why their team is so important to them. Director, Mo... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Travelling To The REP - Summer Holiday Road Works Programme Please be aware of the key roadworks happening in the City Centre and surrounding area this week: • This weekend, Highways England will be effecting a full closure of the M6 junction 6 and the A38 Aston Expressway from 8pm on Friday 5 August to 6am on Monday 8 August. Diversions will be in place. Following this, the Aston Expressway will continue to operate with two lanes open in the out of city direction.• Also this weekend, essential maintenance to Midland Metro means services will ter... Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 REP Foundry: Where They Are Now (Stephanie Ridings) As the deadline for this year's REP Foundry applications loom, we catch up with alumna Stephanie Ridings (2013-14), to see how it has impacted her career. Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Creates Your Private Magical Wonderland On Sunday 24 July, The REP pulled back the curtain on a showcase event that can only be described as a ‘magical wonderland’. Escorted by a host of dramatic characters, guests were taken on a wondrous journey through the Land of Oz to a Mad Hatter’s tea party and beyond. Entertainment, through song and performance, was provided by Dorothy and her chums, the Queen of Hearts and a Pirate Prince and Princess. The event provided an opportunity for the theatre to demonstrate how it c... Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 On The Edge - UK’s World Festival Of Theatre For Young Audiences Hailed A Success The 2016 World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences – ON THE EDGE - has been hailed a success. The event, held in Birmingham and hosted by the UK and Ireland for the first time, attracted over 400 delegates from 51 countries and featured a programme of 91 performances plus 56 symposium events. From 2 to 9 July an estimated audience of 9,500 people watched some of the best theatre for young people from around the world. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Young REP Set To Perform At Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s youth theatre, The Young REP, and local theatre company Hotel Teatro have been invited to perform at the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival in China. This prestigious event joins together companies from across the globe who will be presenting an exhilarating programme of theatre inspired by William Shakespeare. With the festival running from 13 – 17 September 2016, The Young REP’s creative twist on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Not... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Travelling To The REP - Full Weekend Closures There will be full weekend closures of M6 Junction 6 and the A38 Aston Expressway starting at 8pm tonight, Friday 29 July, until 6am on Monday 1 August. This work is part of a vital maintenance programme to keep major roads into and out of Birmingham safe and flowing. More information on the scheme is available here: If you’re planning a trip to Birmingham this weekend, you can plan your journey via trains, buses and the Metro in the Birmingham a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Travelling To The REP - Aston Expressway to close this weekend If you’re planning on visiting The REP or Birmingham city centre over the weekend, please be aware that road closures may affect your journey. Motorists are being urged to plan journeys into Birmingham carefully this weekend after Highways England confirmed major closures on key routes into the city centre. The A38 (M) Aston Expressway and junction six of the M6 will both be closed for maintenance work from 8pm tonight (Friday 22 July) until 6am on Monday (25 July). Motorists affected ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 REP Foundry To Continue For A Further Three Years Birmingham Repertory Theatre is to offer further professional development opportunities for theatre makers, writers and directors for the next three years. Thanks to two grants totalling £332,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust, The REP is able to run its hugely successful REP Foundry programme for a further three years until 2019 allowing it to discover, develop and support more theatre artists at the start of their careers. Created in 2013 by Roxana Silbert, ... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The Centenary Of The Somme Commemorated With UK-wide Project Today hundreds of people have taken part in 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide work by Jeremy Deller to commemorate the centenary of the Somme. Local volunteers led by Birmingham Repertory Theatre were part of a UK-wide event that took place today, 1 July 2016, as a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in col... Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Casting Announced for The Importance of Being Earnest at Birmingham Repertory Theatre The cast for a new production of The Importance Of Being Earnest, directed by Nikolai Foster, has been announced, featuring BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actress Cathy Tyson as the iconic Lady Bracknall in Foster’s stylish reimagining of Wilde’s much-loved comedy. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Global Bank Announced As Sponsor Of World Festival Of Theatre For Young Audiences Global bank HSBC is to sponsor ON THE EDGE – the world festival of theatre for young audiences which takes place in Birmingham from 2 – 9 July. ON THE EDGE is a festival of outstanding theatre from around the globe for children, young people and families. Over one week, the festival will present 16 world-class shows at some of Birmingham’s leading venues: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, mac birmingham, Birmingham City University, The Old Rep and the Patrick Centre. Hosted and produced b... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Be Transported To The Magical Land Of Oz At The REP This Christmas There was excitement in the air last week when guests from Birmingham’s business community were invited to travel along down the Yellow Brick Road to the launch of The REP’s Christmas party offering for 2016, ‘The Emerald Ball’. Around 60 guests joined Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion at the extra special event. They were treated to a glimpse of what The REP has in store for its ‘Emerald Ball’ in December. As well as enjoying emerald green cocktails and sampling some sc... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Alexander Zeldin On Beyond Caring Alexander Zeldin's discusses his ★★★★★ “unforgettable” production (The Times) exploring the experiences of a group of cleaners working on zero-hours contracts. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Look Forward In Anger: Clun and After On 7 May eight members of our Young REP 18-25 company travelled to Clun in Wales to perform as part of the Osborne & After Festival. They created a devised response to John Osborne’s Look Back In Anger called Looking Forward in Anger. They performed this immersive and political piece three times on a bridge in the centre of Clun on Sunday 8 May. Look Forward in Anger: Clun and Afterby Paige Phelps, Young Rep 18-25 member Clun: if you’ve never heard of it, this little gem of a to... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Open call to engage with Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry from Culture Central Gary Topp, Director of Culture Central, Birmingham, is calling on arts organisations, practitioners and agencies to engage actively with the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry. The enquiry will explore new technical approaches to cultural investment in the city, looking at potential partners and business models and across diverse sectors, including the arts, business, education, charitable and public sector. An initial discussion meeting, open to all interested parties will take plac... Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 A Unique Opportunity To Join The Board Of A Birmingham Arts Organisation Have you ever wanted to have a say about the arts in Birmingham? Would you like the opportunity to sit on the board of a Birmingham arts organisation as a company director and a charity trustee? Arts organisations across the city have said that they would like young people aged 18–25 to become members of their management boards. They want to hear the views of young people and give them a real say in the running of their organisations. Applications are now open for young people to take par... Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Announces Thrilling New Season For Autumn and Winter 2016 The REP has announced its new season of work for Autumn and Winter 2016, including three world premières alongside a dynamic programme of new stagings of classic plays and brilliant stories. The season opens with a stylish contemporary spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic play, The Importance Of Being Earnest (9 – 24 September), in a co-production with Curve, directed by Nikolai Foster. Following this, and visiting The REP the week the Conservative Party conference takes place in Birmingham, i... Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 New Exhibition Reveals How Theatre Is Made At The REP A new family-friendly foyer installation #MadeAtTheREP opens this month, revealing the secrets and skills that lie behind the scenes. #MadeAtTheREP will give visitors and audiences an opportunity to explore how theatre is made via a range of interactive digital maps and factoids, audio interviews, visual storyboards plus eye catching displays of costumes from past productions such as His Dark Materials and The Wizard of Oz. Using digital technology, hands-on interactive touch screens wi... Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 350 Shows And Counting A Birmingham theatre fan was treated to a special impromptu performance during a live show recently after seeing an impressive 350 productions at The REP. Dr Michael Hall has been a long-time supporter of Birmingham Repertory Theatre and has kept a record of every show he has seen at The REP since the 1960s. His 350th visit, which also coincided with his 70th birthday, was marked by Filter Theatre Company, who were performing Twelfth Night at The REP. They opened the matinee performance wi... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 MonologueSlam Returns To The REP The spoken word slam of the season returns to The REP, as TriForce Promotions present MonologueSlam on Thursday 7 April at 7.45pm. Watch as artists go head-to-head in the battle to name them ‘slam’ champion. MonologueSlam is the ultimate showcase for actors, with the opportunity to perform for a welcoming audience and a panel of people in a position to move their careers forward; it is the ideal platform for both budding actors and professionals wanting to move their career up a... Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Open Day Offers Backstage Pass And Theatrical Fun For All The REP will be throwing open its doors on Saturday 9 April from 10am – 3pm to give members of the public a rare insight into everything that happens on and offstage at the city’s only producing theatre. The Open Day will give visitors a chance to see how a theatre works. From peeping through the wings on to the main stage to finding out how sets are built, or learning how wigs and costumes are created to how large pieces of scenery are painted, members of the public will be able to see ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Repertory Theatre And BBC Birmingham Announce First Birmingham Writer In Residence Caroline Horton, a Birmingham based writer, theatre–maker and performer has been announced as the first ever Birmingham Writer in Residence. In a new initiative by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, BBC Birmingham and BBC Writersroom award-winning writer Caroline Horton, has secured the opportunity to work for six months across three popular national radio and TV dramas all produced in the city as well as at The REP as a Writer on Attachment. These include BBC Radio 4’s The Archers and Home F... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Opens Its Doors For Disabled Access Day Birmingham Repertory Theatre is happy to support this year’s Disabled Access Day, a nationwide event that encourages those with access requirements to visit somewhere they have never been before. The event takes place on Saturday 12 March and over 200 organisations have signed up to get involved in the day. The day is sponsored by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app, and has the support of VisitScotland, VisitEngland and VisitWales. The first Disabled Access Day too... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Happy International Women's Day In honour of International Women’s Day we caught up with some inspiring women at The REP, including Trina Jones (General Manager), Clare Jepson-Homer (PR Manager), Nisha Modhwadia (Senior Producer) and Tessa Walker (Associate Director). WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE THIS CAREER? Tessa: It was Julia Bardsley’s production of Blood Wedding; I saw it at Leicester Haymarket when I was about 12 or 13. It made me realise that was what theatre directors did and I loved it, I went back t... Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Hortons’ Estate Celebrate A Decade of Support Hortons’ Estate, one of the oldest family-owned property companies based in Birmingham, recently celebrated a decade supporting Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Hortons’ Estate was founded in the 1870s by Isaac Horton, it has grown into a multi-million pound business, with a property portfolio comprising industrial, leisure, retail and offices, including the historic Grade II* listed The Grand on Colmore Row, Birmingham. The company recognises the value and importance of the arts and throug... Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Audience View: Alan Bennett's Single Spies Alan Bennett plays are no stranger to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His play People was the inaugural opening play following the refurbishment of the theatre in Autumn 2013. His Lady In The Van was performed in 2002, with a recent film version of the play gracing our cinema screens. Other filmed classics include The History Boys and The Madness of King George. The play Single Spies, first seen on the stage in 1988 at the National Theatre, is essentially two different one act plays unit... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Star Cast Revealed For King Lear Don Warrington to be joined on stage by a fantastic cast including Miltos Yerolemou and Alfred Enoch in a bold new adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Michael Buffong. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Who Stole The Mona Lisa? Fiona King, Education Officer at The REP, worked with Year Two at Robin Hood Academy in Hall Green at the beginning of February on a project based on the book Who Stole the Mona Lisa, which the students were studying in class. The project was to support students with their literacy skills. Year Two received a letter from the Curator at the Louvre Museum informing them that the Mona Lisa painting will be arriving at their school and they must look after it. When the Mona Lisa painting arrive... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Walking Shadows With The Young REP On Saturday 30 January, The Young REP 18-25 Company took over The DOOR to perform Walking Shadows – their response to the co-production of Macbeth that played in The HOUSE. Just like the main-stage show, this project was created alongside companies at the Young Vic in London, who also performed last week, and at HOME in Manchester. Following weekly workshops on performing and adapting Shakespeare’s text with director Daniel Tyler, the young actors in the group chose parts of the ... Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Wardrobes Provide an Adventure in Learning for Birmingham Pupils Wardrobes, time travellers and WOOF heroes have been inspiring and educating Birmingham schools pupils this month. Over 600 five to seven-year-olds have taken part in Wardrobes – an exciting Adventure in Learning project and collaboration between The REP, Birmingham community libraries and KIT Theatre. Using the classic children’s story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a starting point, the project explores the idea of wardrobes as magical objects and was designed to inspire c... Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Macbeth Is Still Mightily Relevant... The year 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and it is a fitting tribute to this giant of British theatre that The REP hosts a new version of one of his great tragedies. Scholars remain unsure about the exact publication date of this play, but it is thought to date from the beginning of the seventeenth century. The play is one of Shakespeare’s shorter plays, at about half the length of Hamlet and has seen many performances and different interpretations throughout the cen... Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Live Lunch - New Plays From Emerging Writers Performed During Lunch Five writers from The REP’s Foundry have created new plays to be performed as lunchtime readings at The REP. Taking place during March and April, Live Lunch gives audiences the chance to make the most of their Saturdays with a play-reading over lunch. Tickets, including food, cost just £10. Live Lunch is a partnership between The REP and the Royal Court, where the plays will also be performed as lunchtime readings on Fridays. The writers and plays to be featured are: A View from the Moo... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Hannah Dances Her Way To 1000 Performances In The Snowman Professional dancer Hannah Flynn celebrated her 1000th performance in the much-loved stage show of The Snowman on Friday, January 22nd at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Hannah, who joined the cast of The Snowman in 2006, has been a regular member of the company for a record 10 consecutive seasons dancing the roles of Scotty Snowman, Badger and Reindeer. It was her first job after leaving college and Hannah got the part after being called in as an emergency replacement, learning the show in ju... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Aslan Roars To A Record Breaking Success Our Christmas production, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has been hailed a roaring success after becoming the biggest selling show in The REP’s history. The record-breaking show, which ended its run on Saturday, January 16th, was seen by over 62,000 people, reaching 93% of the theatre’s capacity. The figure includes 207 schools who brought 27,928 young people to the theatre. Having opened at The REP on 20 November, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has delivered 82 performances.... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe At The REP The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe is the first book published in 1950 of a series of seven books of the series Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis. Lewis was a distinguished British scholar, essayist, theologian and author of some thirty books. In addition to being the Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, he was a brilliant English tutor to generations of students at Oxford University. C S Lewis (a friend of J.R. Tolkein) himself was the subject of severa... Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Morrisons Foundation Help The REP To Make A Difference To Older People The Morrisons Foundation, which was set up to make a positive difference to people living in the UK, has awarded £3600 to The REP to help them make a difference to the lives of older people. The donation will enable The REP to embark on an innovative project providing theatre activities for 135 older people, including those affected by dementia and their carers, in Erdington and Ladywood, taking place in nine residential care homes and the John Taylor Hospice in Erdington. The Theatre for... Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Calling All Theatre Devotees Are you devoted to making and watching theatre type activities but often a bit disgruntled that things could work better in this field? Well, if so then the ideal place for you to be between 9-11 January is The REP where the 11th Edition of the Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space event takes place. It is a wonderful forum for debate, a valuable crucible for making connections and powerful motor for change. Devoted and Disgruntled has always been held in London but the D&D team had decide... Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Grandads, Stalking And Suits: The Story Behind Abuelo Writer Amahra Spence talks to us about where the idea for her play Abuelo (14-16 January) came from and why the story is so important to her. My family have always said my Grandad should be on stage. I think in Caribbean households, it’s common to have these amazingly multi-faceted, larger-than-life storytelling figures and I wanted to pay homage to that. I needed to see more of what I recognise on stage, but none of the clichés. I wanted to invite my friends along to the theatre to see s... Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Birmingham Businesses Give Big For Kids This Christmas Fourteen Birmingham businesses took part in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Big Give Challenge this Christmas enabling hundreds of local disadvantaged children to enjoy a trip to the theatre during the festive season. The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a national annual fundraising event which offers donors the chance to double the value of their gifts through a two day donation challenge. This December, together with matched giving from the Big Give, generous Birmingham businesses donate... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Birmingham City Council's Funding Decision 2016-17 The REP's response to Birmingham City Council's funding decision 2016-17 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Birmingham Pupils Put In The Spotlight For Anita And Me Inclusive Performance Project Back in October, The REP’s Learning & Participation Team celebrated the world premiere of Anita And Me by inviting John Henry Newman Catholic College and Mayfield School to the theatre to take part in an inclusive, integration performance project. Mayfield School are a partner school with The REP and a school for young people with a range of learning disabilities, while John Henry Newman Catholic College is a secondary academy. Pupils from both schools were given backstage tours where... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Anita And Me Meets Strictly Balti One of this Autumn’s highlights at The REP was the premiere of the stage adaptation by Tanika Gupta of Meera Syal’s coming of age story Anita and Me first published in 1996. The book was filmed in 2002 and tells the story of Anita the rebellious difficult teenager and her friendship with Meena the Punjabi girl growing up in 1970’s Britain, in the Midlands. Meena spends her time hanging about with her friend considered unsuitable by her parents but secretly aspires to be a writer and th... Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Anita And Me Meets Strictly Balti One of this Autumn’s highlights at The REP was the premiere of the stage adaptation by Tanika Gupta of Meera Syal’s coming of age story Anita and Me first published in 1996. The book was filmed in 2002 and tells the story of Anita the rebellious difficult teenager and her friendship with Meena the Punjabi girl growing up in 1970’s Britain, in the Midlands. Meena spends her time hanging about with her friend considered unsuitable by her parents but secretly aspires to be a writer and th... Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 In Conversation With Paul O'Donnell We caught up with Paul O’Donnell ahead of his performance of Nothing! on Saturday 21 November, as part of SHOUT Festival. Paul graduated from The REP Foundry programme in April 2015, he talks to us about a balletic dance on a hobby horse, his future work and what you can expect from Nothing! Paul, tell us a little bit about yourself…. I am a theatre maker based in Coventry, though I tour my work, mainly to festivals, across the UK. I am currently working as an Associate Artist with b... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 REP Foundry bring ‘Taylor-made’ show to day hospice Two of The REP’s Foundry artists delivered a bespoke performance to John Taylor Hospice’s day hospice this week as part the Home Theatre project which brings theatre into local homes. REP Foundry artists, Emily Buckler and Jane English visited the hospice on Grange Road, Erdington, once a week throughout October so that they could get to know patients and gather content for the show. Emily said: “We’ve really enjoyed every moment we’ve spent at John Taylor Hospice. It’s given ... Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The REP and BBC Announces Writer in Residence Opportunity - Applications Now Open The REP is pleased to announce a new partnership with BBC Birmingham. The Birmingham Writer in Residence is a new initiative from The REP and BBC Birmingham which seeks to find a local writer to work for six months across three popular national radio and TV dramas all produced in Birmingham: Radio 4’s The Archers and Home Front, and BBC One’s Doctors. The successful writer will also join The REP as Writer on Attachment. The initiative is a collaboration between three of the key cultural ... Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The REP and BBC Announces Writer in Residence Opportunity - Applications Now Open The REP is pleased to announce a new partnership with BBC Birmingham. The Birmingham Writer in Residence is a new initiative from The REP and BBC Birmingham which seeks to find a local writer to work for six months across three popular national radio and TV dramas all produced in Birmingham: Radio 4’s The Archers and Home Front, and BBC One’s Doctors. The successful writer will also join The REP as Writer on Attachment. The initiative is a collaboration between three of the key cultural ... Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The Timelessness Of William Golding's Lord Of The Flies William Golding published Lord of the Flies in 1954. At the time of publication he was a schoolmaster in Salisbury. A polymath whose interests included Classical Greek, chess and music, within a few years he gave up teaching aged only 50 to pursue his varying interests including writing essays and novels culminating in a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. It was not until director Peter Brook’s iconic film of the book in 1964 that the story received the worldwide interest it richly des... Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Rambert's Rooster At The REP Birmingham Repertory Theatre often plays host to theatre companies, but as a welcome diversion they recently hosted the works of Rambert, including a world premiere. The Ballet Rambert as we all know is Britain’s internationally famous contemporary dance company founded by Dame Marie Rambert in 1926 and now usually associated with Sadler’s Wells, London home of the Rambert Ballet school founded in 1919. Dame Rambert was famous for her links to Serge Diaghilev and the choreographer Njinsk... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 MonologueSlam UK Is Back MonologueSlam UK returns to Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 23 October. This is the ultimate showcase for actors and promises to be the best yet, offering them the opportunity to perform to a welcoming audience and a panel of people in a position to move their careers forward. Plus, local The Voice contestant, Sasha Simone will be performing during the judges deliberation. Starting with a Youth Round, the stakes heighten as the evening goes on, with a 1 minute smackdown, a 3 minute he... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Community Cast Volunteer Opportunity Be A Part Of The World Premiere Production Of Anita And Me At Theatre Royal Stratford East Theatre Royal Stratford East is looking for volunteers for a community company to support the professional cast by appearing as supernumeraries in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Meera Syal’s Anita And Me, adapted by Tanika Gupta and directed by Artistic Director Roxana Silbert. Adapted from the much-loved novel and with especially composed music by the Ringham brothers, Anita And Me p... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The King Lives On The subject of the lives of kings and queens have long fascinated playwrights, none more so than William Shakespeare, with so many of his great plays dealing with royal characters both fictional and historical. It is not entirely surprising that those that have been born to rule and wield such privilege should be the subject of fascination and endless often prurient scrutiny certainly in the modern era. King Charles III, a play by Mike Bartlett, has completed a successful run in London at th... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The King Lives On The subject of the lives of kings and queens have long fascinated playwrights, none more so than William Shakespeare, with so many of his great plays dealing with royal characters both fictional and historical. It is not entirely surprising that those that have been born to rule and wield such privilege should be the subject of fascination and endless often prurient scrutiny certainly in the modern era. King Charles III, a play by Mike Bartlett, has completed a successful run in London at th... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Limited Exhibitor Places Available At The REP's Wedding Fair There’s confetti in the air at The REP as we prepare for our upcoming Wedding Fair. Are you a creative and unique wedding supplier based in the West Midlands? Then our fair is the perfect stage on which to exhibit. You’ll need to be quick though as remaining spaces are limited! On Sunday 8 November from 11am – 4pm we are holding our second wedding fair and its going to be bigger and better, we would love for you to come and join us. We are looking for suppliers to come along and exhibi... Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Free Development Opportunity For Spoken Word Artists And Poets If you are a new or emerging spoken word artist, rapper, MC, poet or performer aged 16 to 25, BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse want to hear from you. They are offering the chance to take part in FREE workshops to develop your writing, boost your confidence and move your spoken word career forward. What the workshops will offer: Writing and performance skills taught by professional artists Opportunities to work with radio and film producers An au... Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Community Participants Wanted In Birmingham For Luminous Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with Mem Morrison Company, are looking for volunteers to support the creation of the world premiere of Luminous a unique music performance, taking place outdoors across Birmingham City Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September. Luminous will be one of the key highlights of Birmingham Weekender 2015. The project will see audiences embark on a moonlit expedition through the urban landscape in the company of Luminous, an album of new songs ins... Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Photographers Assemble For Our First Instameet Over the summer our stage is empty, but the theatre is still a hive of activity. We invited a selection of Birmingham's most well known photographers in to explore behind the scenes and capture the areas that the public don't normally get to see. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 100 Years Ago... Summer at Birmingham Repertory Theatre is a time for reflection; it also provides an opportune moment to look into The REP’s illustrious past. Founded by Barry Jackson on the site of the Old Rep Theatre, the theatre celebrated its centenary 2 years ago. It was a training ground for many of Britain’s twentieth century acting giants such as John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Paul Scofield, Ralph Richardson and Peggy Ashcroft, along with renowned director Peter Brook. I thought it wou... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Creates Training Programme For Local Actors Birmingham Repertory Theatre is to create a professional training programme for local actors. The new initiative will form part of the company’s successful REP Foundry artist development programme with the new Foundry actors’ group offering 10 West Midlands based actors, aged 18 plus, weekly training sessions over six months. REP Foundry was launched in 2013 by The REP’s artistic director, Roxana Silbert, as a way of discovering and supporting local writers, directors and theatre mak... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather To Visit The REP In March 2016 From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 8 to 12 March 2016. The Olivier Award-nominated production recently enjoyed a sold-out run in the West End and has delighted audiences and critics with its beautiful story-telling. Filled with original songs, live music and breath-taking circus skills, Hetty Feather is a terrific adventure story with a huge heart. Roll up and join Hetty on her escap... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 John Heffernan And Anna Maxwell Martin To Lead Cast Of Macbeth John Heffernan and Anna Maxwell Martin will play the leading roles in Macbeth at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in January 2016. The pair will play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin’s ambitious new staging of Shakespeare’s tragedy. The star of the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, Anna Maxwell Martin makes her Birmingham Repertory Theatre debut. Maxwell Martin, who won early critical acclaim with a six-hour performance as Lyra in the National The... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Meet The Host Of Level UP Season 4 Meet Lauren Williams, Young Birmingham Poet Laureate, 2013-2014, a creative, a cake lover and now the Host for Level UP Season 4! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Was Delighted To Welcome Fellow Arts Professionals Staff at Birmingham Repertory Theatre were delighted to welcome over 600 fellow arts professionals to the venue for the annual Arts Marketing Association conference last week. The Arts Marketing Association (AMA), is a professional development organisation that provides a wealth of information, knowledge and opportunities to share best practice and innovations for its membership base of marketers from the arts, culture and heritage sectors. During the two day conference, entitled ‘Stay Cu... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The Centenary Of Tagore’s Knighthood Summer at Birmingham Repertory Theatre is usually a quiet time with audiences on holidays in far-flung places, and actors and theatre staff recharging their batteries and working on new projects for the Autumn. The annual BE Festival, a celebration of European avant-garde and experimental theatre, drew the theatrical year to a close. I write this nestled in the hilltops in Near Sawrey in the Lake District, from Broomriggs an old Edwardian mansion (now converted into holiday apartments). A mi... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Join The Cast Of Anita And Me Birmingham Repertory Theatre are looking for local volunteers to join a community acting company to appear as supernumaries in the world premiere of Meera Syal’s Anita And Me this autumn. Directed by The REP’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert and adapted for the stage from the much-loved novel by the award-winning playwright, Tanika Gupta, Anita And Me paints a colourful portrait of village life in 1970’s West Midlands during the era of flares, power cuts and glam rock. The supernumar... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The REP hosts first event of its kind for a generation for the Catholic Church in England The REP was chosen by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales to host their ‘Proclaim 15 – National Evangelisation Event’ on Saturday. The event was the first of its kind for a generation and was attended by representatives from every diocese in England and Wales. In total 850 people came to The REP to celebrate their faith and discuss how best to share it more widely with others. The one day conference was unique for The REP and yet again demonstrated t... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Cast Announced For Anita And Me Mandeep Dhillon and Jalleh Alizadeh will take leading roles in the stage premiere of Meera Syal’s much-loved novel, Anita And Me which opens at The REP on 9 October. Adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta and directed by The REP’s artistic director Roxana Silbert, Anita And Me is a warm and touching coming-of-age tale that follows Meena (Mandeep Dhillon), the rebellious teenage daughter of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington. When she becomes friends with the ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Programme Announced For Birmingham Weekender Birmingham Weekender, a weekend of world-leading free outdoor performance, art and entertainment will take place from 25-27 September and The REP is thrilled to be part of this ambitious, family-friendly festival programme for 2015. In what is Birmingham’s largest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender features an awe-inspiring programme of events from hundreds of world-class West Midlands and international artists and companies. Birmingham Weekender will showcase Birmingham’s extraordinar... Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The REP To Work With National Theatre On Connections 500 Next year The REP will be working with the National Theatre on Connections 500. The National Theatre’s Connections Festival is 21 in 2016 and to celebrate, they are going to involve more young people than ever in making theatre. The festival is looking for 500 youth theatres and schools to stage 12 fantastic plays, picked from over 150 that have been commissioned for young people since 1995, and transfer their production to one of the National Theatre’s 40 partner theatres across th... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Love And Confetti In The Air At Birmingham Repertory Theatre Birmingham Repertory Theatre has hosted its first wedding on stage. The theatre, situated in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, recently became a licensed venue for weddings offering happy couples the opportunity to take centre stage on their special day. Dr Francesco Manfredonia, a Consultant Neurologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Paul Pahiti, who works in Procurement for Eversheds, married in the dramatic surroundings of The REP’s STUDIO Theatre on Saturday 6 June. The two grooms... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Raises Over £20,000 At Its First Fundraising Gala Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced it raised over £20,000 at its first fundraising gala on Saturday 20 June, 2015. As a registered charity, proceeds from the evening will enable The REP to create more exciting new productions and sustain its far reaching community projects which engage over 4500 young people each year. The aim of the event was also designed to raise the profile of The REP amongst businesses in Birmingham. The fundraising gala dinner was held at The REP in Centenary ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Celebrating New Work My previous blogs have seemed to concentrate on established plays and playwrights or adaptations of well known literary works performed this year at The REP. The REP, however, also champions new playwrights and new plays from established playwrights. An important part of theatres like the Birmingham Repertory Theatre is the production of this new material, without which there would be no progress or innovation in the theatre making industry. A particularly notable and timely new play was fr... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Me At The Zoo: In Conversation With Writer, Grace Barrington We caught up with Young REP alumni, Grace Barrington, in the lead up to her brand new play, Me At The Zoo, opening at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in July. Tell us more about the story behind Me At The Zoo… Me At The Zoo hopes to explore the comparison between how accurately we project ourselves within the online community and how we actually function in the real world, and equally how well we interpret one another’s projections. The play deals with four very vulnerable people, each seek... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Me At The Zoo: In Conversation With Director, Tom Mansfield We caught up with Young REP director, Tom Mansfield, in the lead up to Me At The Zoo opening at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in July. Tell us more about the story behind Me At The Zoo… Me At The Zoo is about a young man, Charlie, who believes that social media is making the world a worse place, and making people worse human beings. His best friend, Amy, is getting famous on Tumblr, and at the same time she’s hanging out with a new crowd at school and spending less and less time with him.... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The PGA Takes To The Boards At The REP The PGA recently took to the boards at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in a bid to get more women playing golf. Embracing Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign the PGA launched its own This Girl Golfs initiative at Birmingham Repertory Theatre which saw local PGA pros and clubs engage directly with theatre goers. The PGA was the headline sponsors of The REP’s production of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice – a play about the empowerment of women. This sponsorship enabled them to bring go... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Set For A Spectacular Weekend Of Free Arts And Entertainment This September Birmingham’s major arts organisations are coming together to stage an ambitious weekend of free outdoor arts across Birmingham this September. Birmingham Weekender will bring Birmingham to life with music, dance, theatre, art, literature, food and fashion across the city centre, taking place from 25 – 27 September. Birmingham Weekender supports the opening of the newly transformed New Street Station and coincides with the Rugby World Cup and Style Birmingham Live. Birmingham Weekender ... Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 BE Festival - Is It Bee Or Bee Eee? A phone call from Jenny (one of BE Festival’s producers). Would we have Antonio and Felipe to stay again? This time last year I had never heard of BE Festival. Was it “Bee” or “Bee Eee”? The REP was looking for volunteers to host performers at the Festival. It was the Festival’s 5th year and they were moving from using disused factories to using The REP as the venue. So not only did we come to hear of the Festival, we had a real insight into how it worked... Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Robert Powell To Play King Charles III Robert Powell will take on the role of King Charles in the Olivier Award-winning production of King Charles III, which opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this autumn following a sell-out run in the West End. Mike Bartlett’s play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. Robert Powell is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth (which won him a BAFTA nomination ... Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Working-Class Life And Theatre The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright was first produced for the theatre in 1992 by the National Theatre, London prior to a successful West End run at the Aldwych theatre. It was turned into the famous film Little Voice in 1998 with Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks whose uncanny ability to mimic the singing style of stars such as Judy Garland , Shirley Bassey and Edith Piaf propelled her to stardom. Jim Cartwright, who originated from Bolton, joins the long line ... Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Puts Female Surgeons In The Spotlight Since returning home to a fully refurbished building on Broad Street nearly two years ago, The REP’s conferencing and events business has continued to grow from strength to strength, holding over 600 events. The venue is ideally situated in a prime city centre location within easy reach of New Street station and other amenities. Event bookers have been attracted by the theatre’s unique offering and the opportunity to hire out its state of the art, yet quirky spaces. The most recent of th... Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 BAFTA-Award Winning Writer Discusses The Pyramid Texts Geoff Thompson, writer of The Pyramid Texts, discusses the inspiration behind the story, the obstacles he has to overcome when writing, and the universality of fear. Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Young REP Summer Spy School 2015 Hello secret agent, Your mission if you choose to accept it is: • Spend a week at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, working with professional drama practitioners • Take part in games, improvisations and drama workshops• Be part of an exhilarating story about spies, espionage and secrets • Follow suspects• Bug telephones• Create secret identities • Cut eye holes into a newspaper and pretend you’re reading, when you’re ac... Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Third Year Of REP Foundry Artists Announced Birmingham Repertory Theatre Announces Local Artists For Third REP Foundry Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 War And Conflict Will Continue To Be The Subject Of Plays 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, World War 1 resulted not surprisingly in a number of war themed plays in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre programme. Last year a production of Birdsong, based on Sebastian Faulks’ First World War, translated to the stage in a moving production depicting the horrors of war. Joseph Heller’s so called ‘unfilmable’ satirical World War 2 novel Catch 22 from 1961 (filmed by Mike Nicholls in 1970) was based around the Second World War a... Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 A Story Of Enduring Appeal The novel Rebecca, written by Daphne du Maurier in 1938, remains as popular with readers today as ever. In 1940 the book was turned into a successful film by Alfred Hitchcock, who also filmed Du Maurier’s books Jamaica Inn and The Birds. Laurence Olivier played the part of the cold Mr De Winter and Joan Fontaine excelled as the second wife in the film adaptation. The book was adapted for the theatre by Du Maurier herself, a year after the book was published, and it enjoyed a successful Lo... Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Overcoming Uncertainty And Trying Something New Talkative Teacher blogs about her visit to see Cirque Berserk last month. With our new season going on sale, it really proves that sometimes it is best to overcome the uncertainty and try something new at the theatre. It was with some trepidation that my husband and I entered The REP in March 2015. We had tickets for Cirque Berserk and having read some of the publicity about its thrilling stunt action and the fact that it promised a “Danger -filled spectacle”, we worried that per... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Autumn And Winter 2015/16 Season Announced Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced its new season of work for Autumn and Winter 2015/16. The announcement comes on the back of a hugely successful year for the theatre, with a 43% increase in audiences during 2014/15 – giving the highest attendance at the theatre for over 20 years. The REP’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert said:“The past year has been tremendously successful for The REP, both in terms of audiences and the work we’ve created. We took a bold decision to make... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Brides And Grooms Take Centre Stage At The REP Love was in the air at The REP last weekend when the theatre hosted it’s second successful Wedding Fair. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and anticipation, as couples discussed plans for their big day with over 30 different exhibitors. Stallholders ranged from florists, magicians, cake makers, bridal wear, photographers, jewellers, photo booths to ice cream carts. Visitors were entertained throughout the day by a variety of live wedding musicians. As well as being one of the mos... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Casting Update For The Pyramid Texts Christopher Fairbank will appear in the forthcoming production of Geoff Thompson’s The Pyramid Texts at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, replacing James Cosmo who had to withdraw due to ill health. Christopher Fairbank most recently played the role of Azdak in the production of Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and played Walter Cromwell in the BBC’s acclaimed historical television drama Wolf Hall. Christopher is also well known for his role as Moxey in the hit c... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Harvey, Delusions And Eccentric Uncles Mary Chase is an unusual American playwright who is perhaps best remembered today for the 1944 play Harvey which won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1945 and was made into the famous film starring James Stewart in the role of Elwood P. Dowd. Although primarily a journalist, most of her other plays are not well remembered or performed in the theatre today. The subject of Elwood P. Dowd’s delusions and behavioural eccentricities proves an embarrassment for a family of social climbers and her sister... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 War-Time Programmes At The REP Archive Explorer has been foraging through past programmes and has made a fascinating war-time discovery. My brain makes a sudden connection. Here I am working in The REP archives looking at programmes from around 70 years ago and thinking about All My Sons and there in front of me is evidence of one aspect of life, like every other, changed by the war – something those of us born afterwards will never really understand. The REP’s opening night on 2 September 1939 is cancelled a... Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Great Success For Home Theatre Birmingham 2014 In October 2014 The REP took 12 performances into 12 homes of Erdington residents with our new initiative, Home Theatre Birmingham. The project enabled performers and playwrights to create unique shows for Erdington residents that were performed in their own home to an audience of their choosing. Based on the host’s own stories and experiences, the performances were created by writers, directors and theatre makers from The REP’s Foundry programme. Home Theatre Birmingham took place as ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 All My Sons: Ethics Compromised For Profit Arthur Miller’s first successful play All My Sons was produced on Broadway in 1947, starring Karl Malden and Arthur Kennedy among others, directed by the great Elia Kazan (later to direct Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront) and won both the writer and director a Tony award. The play has joined the canon of great American plays of the twentieth century along with others by Miller, including The Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge. The play is a traged... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Some Thoughts On The King’s Speech The play The King’s Speech needs little in the way of introduction for general audiences following the Oscar-winning success of the film version of the play in 2010, starring Colin Firth in his Oscar-winning role as the King and Geoffrey Rush as the speech therapist. David Seidler the British American playwright also won an Oscar for his screenplay about the stammering King George VI and his relationship with his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. The film started off as a West End... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Manifesto Blogs: More Light And Pies Tomorrow We caught up with Daniel Tyler, director of More Light and Tom Saunders, director of Pies Tomorrow, about what the audience can expect from the final double bill of the Young REP Festival. Tell us a bit about More Light and Pies Tomorrow… DT: Bryony Lavery’s fantastic play, More Light, is a hidden and widely-unknown gem. It is political, funny, unflinchingly macabre, poetic and sensitive. The play is full of real women and real girls, who grow and grow up, dream and fearlessly fight ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Gateley Sponsorship Fit For A King The Birmingham office of national law firm, Gateley recently hosted a very special evening for its clients at Birmingham Repertory Theatre following its sponsorship of the highly acclaimed stage production of The King’s Speech. Gateley, treated its clients to a backstage tour of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, before seeing the theatre’s production of The King’s Speech starring Jason Donovan and Raymond Coulthard. Gateley had sponsored this production at The REP and following their ‘... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Manifesto Blogs: Blackout And British Values We caught up with Melissa Daly, director of Blackout and Tom Mansfield, director of British Values, about what the audience can expect from this brilliant double bill. Tell us a bit about Blackout/British Values… MD: Blackout is a National Theatre New Connections play written by Davey Anderson. It is inspired by the stories of a young offender from Glasgow. A young boy, James, wakes up in a prison cell and he cannot remember how he got there. It is a stark look at a teenager who did not h... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Manifesto Blogs: Expect The Unexpected With Hamlets We catch up with Daniel Tyler, who is directing Hamlets as part of the Young REP Festival’s Manifesto. Tell us a bit about Hamlets… Following on from the success of Amid Some Nights (A Dream) last year, which was performed all over The REP in dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, meeting rooms, corridors and The DOOR theatre space, we wanted to produce a bigger show around the Library of Birmingham, The REP’s neighbour. Our ideas have developed into a show that involves 9 actors playing... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 I Decided To Just Go For It... Aimee Powell talks to us about MonologueSlam and the fantastic opportunity it provided for her. She will be starring in Feed The Beast at The REP next month Tell us a bit about yourself… I’m from Birmingham and grew up in the Black Country. I began performing at a young age in The Beechmen Circus, owned by my father who was ring master and magician. It was an all human show and toured around the country throughout the summer time. In 2008 we said farewell to the big top. I then went ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 A Right Royal Tour The King’s Speech – the play from which the Oscar-winning movie was adapted – might have finished its acclaimed run at The REP. but it now continues on a UK tour until June 2015. Starring Raymond Coulthard as King George VI and Jason Donovan as his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, the production directed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert will be touring to the following venues: Monday 16 – Saturday 21 MarchGLASGOW THEATRE ROYALBox Office: 0... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Manifesto Blogs: Ask A Fish To Climb A Tree We caught up with Bhavik Parmar, one of the directors of Ask A Fish To Climb A Tree. He tells us all about the show and what the audience can expect. Why was Ask A Fish To Climb A Tree selected to be part of The Manifesto? Ask A Fish To Climb A Tree has been a great opportunity for us at The REP to speak to our Young REP groups and find out what education means to them. The show is a ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ of four shows, all devised by the companies, in association with our youth the... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Less Than One Week Until MonologueSlam Is Back The spoken word slam of the season returns to The REP, as TriForce Promotions present MonologueSlam on Thursday 19 March at 7.45pm. Watch as artists go head-to-head in the battle to name them ‘slam’ champion. MonologueSlam is the ultimate showcase for actors, with the opportunity to perform for a welcoming audience and a panel of people in a position to move their careers forward; it is the ideal platform for both budding actors and professionals wanting to move their career up ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 It Reminded Me How Important Theatre In Education Is... Talkative Teacher blogs about Homeland, a Theatre In Education (TIE) production at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton organised by The REP’s Learning and Participation team. It never ceases to amaze me, just how varied the Learning and Participation programme at The REP really is. I was privileged, recently, to see their Theatre In Education (TIE) production of Homeland. This was a hard-hitting attack on the distortion of truth around economic migrants and political asylum seekers in the m... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Casting Announcement: Vicky Entwistle, Chris Gascoyne & Nancy Sullivan to star in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice Former Coronation Street actors Vicky Entwistle (Janice Battersby) and Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow) are taking leading roles along with Nancy Sullivan in Jim Cartwright’s Olivier Award-winning "The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice":, which opens at The REP on 15 May until 30 May. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Local Young Performers Bring A Punchy Political Festival To The REP As the UK heads towards the general election young people from across Birmingham and the West Midlands are taking to the stage for The Manifesto, a two-and-a-half-week festival of punchy, political ideas. From 17 to 31 March, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s youth theatre, The Young REP present nine plays that tackle issues surrounding education, culture, equality and justice including Bryony Lavery’s More Light, Davey Anderson’s Blackout, Douglas Maxwell’s Prom plus a brand new interp... Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Adding A Bit Of Magic... Nosey Neighbour blogs about the Harvey set coming to life on stage, after seeing it develop in the workshop. After several weeks of watching the activity in the workshops, I’ve seen major sets being built and coming to life. The results have been impressive to say the least. The extra staff and overtime needed to construct two major sets for the main HOUSE stage (Harvey and The King’s Speech) and several more for the smaller DOOR space, in a relatively short space of time, is no ... Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Hello Voice Gung Ho Granny reflects on a fantastic day being part of Stephen Kemble’s Finding Your Voice Masterclass. I have just spent a terrific afternoon in Rehearsal Room 1 of Birmingham Repertory Theatre – a delight in itself with its huge glass window rolling out a view over Northwest Midlands. But what was I doing there? Finding my natural voice – a masterclass by the splendid Stephen Kemble – no not the 1800 Actor manager, but his namesake who is also an actor and, more importantly f... Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Back Down - Luke's Blog Blog post by Steven Camden from the perspective of Luke, one of the characters in Back Down, at The REP from 26 February to 7 March. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Back Down - Zia's Blog Blog post by Steven Camden from the perspective of Zia, one of the characters in Back Down, at The REP from 26 February to 7 March. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Limited Stallholder Places Available At The REP's Wedding Fair There’s confetti in the air at The REP as we prepare for our upcoming Wedding Fair. Are you a creative and unique wedding supplier based in the West Midlands? Then our fair is the perfect stage on which to exhibit. You’ll need to be quick though as remaining spaces are limited! On Sunday 12 April from 11am – 4pm we are holding our second wedding fair and its going to be bigger and better, we would love for you to come and join us. We are looking for suppliers to come along and exhibit,... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Back Down - Tommy's Blog Blog post by Steven Camden from the perspective of Tommy, one of the characters in Back Down, at The REP from 26 February to 7 March. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Local Lawyers Pack a Punch at The REP! A team from the Birmingham office of law firm Pinsent Masons turned their hands to stage combat when they took part in one of Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s team building workshops. They learned the art of stage fighting in the REP’s brand new hospitality Suites. Despite initial scepticism the team threw themselves into the workshop and were soon squaring up for a fight with their colleagues. They learnt the specialist techniques used by actors to make fighting on stage appear realistic.... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Kacey Ainsworth Joins All Star Cast For World Premiere Of Feed The Beast The cast has been announced for Steve Thompson’s new play, Feed The Beast, which premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 16 April to 2 May, followed by a run at the New Wolsey Ipswich in May. The cast includes Kacey Ainsworth, Gerald Kyd, Amy Marston, Shaun Mason, Paul Moriarty, Aimee Powell, Badria Timimi and Tristram Wymark. Feed The Beast looks at the rocky relationship between the press and our politicians in a world of spin-doctors and Leveson Inquiries and narrates the critica... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Siân Phillips And Robert Powell Come To The REP For One Night Only Performed for one night only by acclaimed stage and screen actors Siân Phillips and Robert Powell, A Summer In The South, brings to life the romantic work of French writer Colette. The critically acclaimed Siân Phillips, returns to The REP, having last appeared here in 2013 in Alan Bennett’s People – the production which re-opened The REP during its Centenary year. Her extensive television and film appearances include I, Claudius (BAFTA Award for Best Actress), Shoulder To Shoulder (BA... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Cast And Tour Dates Announced For World Premiere Of Back Down Cast And Tour Dates Announced For World Premiere Of Back Down Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 More Audition Slots Announced For MonologueSlam Due to overwhelming demand, MonologueSlam UK have opened up another time slot for auditions at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. MonologueSlam UK returns to Birmingham on Thursday 19 March, with auditions on Saturday 28 February. Book your slot here, before it’s too late! Supported by Spotlight, TriForce are back with another MonologueSlam UK, providing the industry showcase for actors in the Midlands, with our exclusive industry panel. Following auditions, 21 actors are given a free oppor... Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The Unsung Hero Award Goes To.... We are thrilled to announce that The Stage Awards 2015 today presented our wonderful Head of Wardrobe, Sue ‘Totty’ Nightingale, with the prestigious Unsung Hero Award for 2015. As the name suggests, this award is given to people who have made a significant and important contribution to the theatre business in the UK, but work in areas which are not normally recognised by the traditional awards system. Stuart Rogers, Executive Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said of the... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The REP Announces The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe As Its Christmas 2015 Production We are hugely excited to announce that our Christmas production for 2015 will be a new staging of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 REP Foundry Forges Ahead For 2015 REP FOUNDRY FORGES AHEAD FOR 2015 GIVING OPPORTUNITIES TO WEST MIDLANDS’ ARTISTS Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Girls Like That Wins Award Evan Placey’s, Girls Like That, awarded the Best New Play for Young Audiences at the Writers’ Guild Awards. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 REP To Take Part In First Disabled Access Day Saturday 17 January will mark the very first Disabled Access Day and The REP is proud to be a part of it. The day aims to encourage those with access requirements, and their friends and families, to visit somewhere new and discover places with great accessibility – whether a cinema, coffee shop, theatre, gym or anywhere else. This is the first Disabled Access Day in the UK and there are currently over 200 companies and venues including Visit England, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales, Stan... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Exciting New Bistro Opening At The REP! Marmalade bistro and bar opens early February and promises a delicious range of food served within warm, welcoming surroundings. The emphasis is on exciting flavour combinations and comforting classics coupled with the style and passion that only an independent operator can offer. The pre-theatre dining menu starts at just £15.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three courses and is available for pre booking now, see example menu here. Brought to you by the team behind many of Birmingham... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Cast Announced For Harvey The full cast has been announced for the new production of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey directed by Lindsay Posner, which plays here at The REP from 6 to 21 February. Joining James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd and Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons, are David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, Felicity Dean as Betty Chumley, Ingrid Oliver as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Amanda Boxer as Miss Ethel Chauvenet, Sally Scott as Nurse Ruth Kelly, Youss... Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Cast Confirmed For World Premiere of New Play Unknown Male We are hugely excited to announce that the cast has now been confirmed and rehearsals started today for the powerful and darkly comic play Unknown Male, which has its world premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 28 to 31 January. Exploring the impact of a railway suicide on a train driver and her family, Unknown Male tells the story of Heather, her partner Mark and daughter Emily as they struggle to come to terms with the life shattering incident. Heather loves being a train driver, b... Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Best Christmas Party Ever! Without doubt the best Christmas Party in town this year was our Mad Hatters Christmas Party. The party was designed with a professional set designer and theatre lighting specialists to make it particularly magical and guests mingled with characters from Alice In Wonderland made up with special effects including the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat and, of course, Alice herself, albeit with a steam punk twist to give the party some attitude! Some guests took it upon themselves t... Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 REP’s Children Celebrate Ten Years Of Free Theatre A project that has given children born at two Birmingham hospitals the chance to see free theatre for the first decade of their lives has come to a close as the children celebrate their tenth birthdays. Through REP’s Children, Birmingham Repertory Theatre invited all 400 children born at Birmingham’s City and Sandwell hospitals in October 2004, as well as their families, to a free theatre experience for the first ten years of their lives. 240 children were signed up. The ground-breaking ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Meet The Cast Of Peter Pan Goes Wrong Meet the cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the hilarious latest production from Mischief Theatre, the award-winning company behind the hugely successful production, The Play That Went Wrong. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Merry Christmas From The REP We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support this year and we look forward to welcoming you back to The REP in 2015 for some more great theatre! Christmas At The REP With The BFG If you can’t wait until the New Year, why not join us at The REP over Christmas and indulge in our critically-acclaimed festive show, The BFG, which runs until 24 January. “Enchanting and absorbing… a thrilling introduction... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 All Star Cast Confirmed For The King's Speech We are excited to announce that the cast for The King’s Speech, the acclaimed play that inspired the Oscar-winning film, has now been confirmed. The cast will be led by Raymond Coulthard as King George VI, whose extensive theatre credits include Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Heresy of Love and Measure for Measure (RSC). On television, he is best known for playing the roles of Miles Egerton in Mr Selfridge (ITV) and James Schofield in Hotel Babylon (BBC). Jason ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Thank You For Supporting The Big Give Christmas Challenge! On behalf of everyone at The REP, we’d like to thank everyone who took part in our first ever Big Give Christmas Challenge which ended on 17 December. We are thrilled to announce that our supporters helped us raise a total of £29,800, just £200 shy of our target. Despite the huge competition with other charities, with a total of £11.2million raised overall, we received nearly all of the eligible match funding from The Reed Foundation. A special thanks to The REP’s dedicated Board of... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Wendi Peters, Ian Reddington and Christopher Villiers star in OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR Cast announced for the 2015 tour of Oh What A Lovely War Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 First Stages Blog: Creating Great Theatre For Young Audiences Sarah-Jane Watkinson, General Manager at The Play House, blogs about Under The Stars at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Everyone at Language Alive is really excited about our production of Under The Stars in The DOOR in the run up to Christmas. We’re a theatre education company based here at The REP, that works with schools all over Birmingham and the West Midlands. We recently began presenting some of our work at The REP as part of First Stages and Under The Stars is the first time that... Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Quercus Trust Award 2015 - Alexander Zeldin appointed Associate Director Director Alexander Zeldin is a recipient of the Quercus Trust Award 2015 and has been appointed Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He will take up his position in 2015. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Scrumdiddlyumptious Reviews For The BFG The BFG exploded onto the stage on 26 November and there have been some splendiferous reviews. The press are saying… “Enchanting and absorbing… a thrilling introduction to theatre for any child”★★★★★The Public Reviews “A family treat that will leave children beaming”★★★★WhatsOnStage “A giant-sized performance”★★★★Birmingham Mail “Magic”★★★★Birmingham Post “Lots of belly laughs”★★★★Th... Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Invitation to tender for The REP's new website A new website developer is required to create a striking, flexible, functional and aesthetically compelling new consumer website for the organisation. The site will need to be user friendly and be maintained via an equally user friendly Content Management System. You can find a full brief under Get Involved/Supplier section of our website. The deadline for responses is 5 January 2015 Thank you Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Maureen Lipman To Join James Dreyfus In Harvey We are thrilled that Maureen Lipman will be joining us next year for Harvey. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 The REP Scoops Hat Trick of Awards Birmingham Repertory Theatre has scooped three awards in recognition of its burgeoning artist development work. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Local Businesses Bring Christmas Cheer to Local Schools Five leading businesses in the West Midlands brought some Christmas cheer to local young children this week. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Take A Look At Our Spring And Summer Season 2015 Have you seen our Spring and Summer 2015 season brochure? Well, you can now download the brochure here and take a look online to see the fantastic range of shows we have on in Spring. A major revival of Harvey launches the season, followed by a striking new production of The King’s Speech directed by Roxana Silbert. Robert Webb joins us for Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense. Talawa bring their highly-acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and Kneehigh present their new ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Vote For Active Arts Castle Vale - The Butterfly Effect The REP needs your help to support Active Arts Castle Vale 2015 with their project The Butterfly Effect. What Is The Project In Short? The Butterfly Effect is the title of Active Arts Castle Vale 2015 Project, which will promote the idea that doing something small for your community can have a large positive impact on someone else. From volunteering 1 hour a year or being part of a community event, to helping out at weekly activity, this can transform the place they live, but Castle Vale nee... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Become A Giant This Festive Season The German Market has opened & The BFG opens in on 26 November. In the lead up to The BFG galloping onto stage, we want to see your best photos of looking like giants (similar to the photo above!)… All you have to do is post your photo on our Facebook wall or on Twitter @BirminghamREP and include the hashtag #lovetherep. The winner will be announced on 26 November, so send in your entries for a chance to win a fabulous festive treat! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Ten Minutes About Me That’s Interesting? Writer Helen Kelly, from BOLDtext Playwrights, blogs about writing a selfie in the lead up to Selfies here at The REP, as part of our Open Door series June 2014 Me: ‘Selfies’ – monologues – us doing us – wow that’s a brilliant idea!Liz: It is a brilliant idea! October 2014 Me: ‘Selfies’ – monologues – us doing us – bloody hell that’s a terrible idea. Who had that idea? Who agreed to that idea? Why oh why are we doing that idea?Liz: ‘Cos it&#82... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Get Behind The Big Give Christmas Challenge! We are really excited that The REP has been accepted onto the nationwide Big Give Christmas Challenge for the first time. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 The REP Launches Give A Ticket Today is World Kindness Day, so what better day to talk about our brand new ticket scheme Give A Ticket. This Spring and Summer season The REP is working with some local people who often find themselves feeling excluded and unheard. Through participative theatrical projects and performance in partnership with charities such as Sifa Fireside Homeless Centre and Migrant Voices, we’re providing platforms for their voices and their stories, but we need your help! We’d like to give these peo... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Storytelling At John Taylor Hospice A suitcase full of memories has been helping a storytelling project at a Birmingham Hospice. Storyteller Wanjiku Nyachae visited John Taylor Hospice with the suitcase containing objects including perfume bottles, toys and photographs. Then she asked Day Hospice visitors to create stories around the items. The visit was part of a project with Birmingham Repertory Theatre aiming to encourage people to discuss their life stories and take theatre to communities across the city. It tied in with T... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 The Snowman Celebrates 21 Spellbinding Years Celebrating 21 spellbinding years on the stage, The REP’s live version of Raymond Briggs’ iconic and much-loved children’s classic, The Snowman, flies to Leicester, Sheffield and London’s West End to enchant audiences of all ages this Christmas. Since its premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1993 the live stage show of The Snowman has been seen by over 1 million people world wide and this year will have thrilled audiences at the Peacock Theatre, London for a record-breaking 17... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Joe White discusses the inspiration behind Only On Sundays Joe White discusses the inspiration and the writing processes behind his upcoming play, Only On Sundays, in a double bill with Dorothy Towers by Bethan Marlow. Shout Festival, a weekend celebrating LGBT+ arts and culture in Birmingham, runs from 14-15 November. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 A First Look at Raymond Coulthard and Jason Donovan in The King’s Speech The King’s Speech, starring Raymond Coulthard as King George VI and Jason Donovan as his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, will open at The REP on 25 February until 7 March and we’re thrilled to share a first glimpse of the two stars in character. Directed by The REP’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert, The King’s Speech – the play from which the Oscar-winning movie that starred Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was adapted – tells the iconic story of King George VI’... Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Director Announced For Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvey The new production of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey, opening in Febrary 2015 and starring James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd, will be directed by Lindsay Posner. Lindsay Posner was associate director at the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 to 1992, where his production of Death and the Maiden won two Olivier Awards. He previously directed The Birthday Party starring Eileen Atkins and Henry Goodman at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which subsequently transferred to the West E... Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 MonologueSlam Is An Incredible And Invaluable Experience Kayleigh Cottam talks about her amazing experience of being part of MonologueSlam UK in May and how the experience is invaluable Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Less Than One Week Until MonologueSlam UK After a roaring success in May, MonologueSlam UK returns to Birmingham on Wednesday 5 November. This is the ultimate showcase for actors and promises to be the best yet, offering them the opportunity to perform to a welcoming audience and a panel of people in a position to move their careers forward. Plus, this November, local soul star, Jaki Graham will be performing during the judges deliberation. Starting with a Youth Round, the stakes heighten as the evening goes on, with a 1 minute smac... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Half-Term Fun For All The Family Families looking for things to do to keep the kids occupied during the October half-term need look no further than Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 An Evaluation Of The REP100 Project The REP100 project focused on the digitisation of The REP’s archives, which are contained in the Sir Barry Jackson Archive and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Archive, both held at the Library of Birmingham (LoB). Take a look at the full evaluation below or save/print from download area top left… Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 In The Direction Of Wonderland Daniel Tyler has been confirmed as Director of the Mad Hatter’s Christmas Parties. His great sense of fun and enthusiasm made him the perfect person to create these parties. Daniel will be working with 8 local actors to bring the characters of Alice, Red Queen, Caterpillar, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, March Hare, Dormouse and the enigmatic Cheshire Cat to life. The characters will add even more spice to the parties by mingling with guests right from the moment they enter the building, ex... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Discover & Uncover Discover & Uncover - connecting schools with arts and cultural activity in the West Midlands Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Announces Spring And Summer 2015 Season Birmingham Repertory Theatre announces a new season of work for Spring and Summer 2015. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 First Stages Blog: Theatre For Children Sarah-Jane Watkinson, General Manager at The Play House, blogs about First Stages at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Watch Our New Of Mice And Men Trailer Watch our brand new trailer for Of Mice And Men, featuring exclusive backstage interviews with Benjamin Dilloway (playing Lennie), Michael Legge (playing George) and Lorna Nickson-Brown (playing Curley’s Wife) from the cast and The REP’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert. Of Mice And Men plays until 1 November. Book tickets online now. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Curioser And Curioser…. The designer has been announced for our Mad Hatter's Christmas Parties, and she has wonderful things in store... Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Roxana Silbert Leads Guardian Masterclass Roxana Silbert, The REP’s artistic director will be leading a Guardian Masterclass on How To Direct A Play on Saturday 1 November. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Fun Palaces Free Events For All On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October The REP and the Library of Birmingham will be transformed into a Fun Palace offering a weekend of free arts, science and discovery for all to enjoy. Budding detectives can join in a fun Murder Mystery Trail and follow clues across Birmingham city centre, interview suspects, try finger printing, study handwriting and use real–life forensics to solve a crime. Scientists from the University of Birmingham will offer lots of fun interactive exhibits including... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Fun Palaces Free Events For All On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October The REP and the Library of Birmingham will be transformed into a Fun Palace offering a weekend of free arts, science and discovery for all to enjoy. Budding detectives can join in a fun Murder Mystery Trail and follow clues across Birmingham city centre, interview suspects, try finger printing, study handwriting and use real–life forensics to solve a crime. Scientists from the University of Birmingham will offer lots of fun interactive exhibits including... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Foundry Blog: Gentle Feedback And Bribing Actors With Tea Jenny Jenkins talks about directing two separate pieces in our upcoming Foundry night. The scary thing about a scratch night is that you only get 20 odd minutes. The plays I’m working on I care about, a lot, their kind of my babies and whilst I value audience feedback, I can’t help wanting everyone to just be gentle with them. I am very lucky to be developing two plays at the moment, both by fellow Foundry artists, and I’m loving the fact that if I have a question about the scr... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Tweet Tweet: In Rehearsal With 'Jade' Ella Morgan, who plays Jade in Tweet Tweet, talks about her first impressions of the play. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Tweet Tweet: In Rehearsal With 'Siena' Emily France, who plays Siena in Tweet Tweet, talks about her first impressions of the play. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Tweet Tweet: In Rehearsal With 'Mason' Griffin Mosson, who plays Mason in Tweet Tweet, talks about his first impressions of the play Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Tweet Tweet: In Rehearsal With 'Jake' Daniel Carter, who plays Jake in Tweet Tweet, talks about his first impressions of the play. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 More tickets released for Beckett Triology Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce that *more tickets have been released* for the trilogy of Beckett plays, "Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby":, showing *this week* from 16 to 20 September. These spellbinding monologues, performed by actress *Lisa Dwan*, come to us following a *sold-out* run at the *Royal Court*. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Be A Part Of MummyJi Presents! MummyJi is looking for Asian-inspired acts to join her line-up. Could you be the performer she is looking for? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Off with your head! On Wednesday 3rd September The REP welcomed members of Birmingham’s business community to a very special Mad Hatter’s Christmas Showcase where guests were able to get a sneak preview of our Mad Hatter’s Christmas Parties. This is what happened when they fell down the rabbit hole! Guests were welcomed at the event by the notorious Red Queen herself, before being treated to drinks served in tea cups and some delicious canapés. Completely unaware that we had visitors, The Dormouse could ... Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Photos Needed For Exciting Sound Of Memories Installation An exciting new audio visual installation has opened in the REP’s foyer and the theme is Music and Sounds. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Meet the cast of The Kite Runner: Emilio Doorgasingh In our latest series of blog posts, we’re giving you the chance to meet members of The Kite Runner Cast and Creative team. Here’s an interview with Emilio Doorgasingh, who plays Baba… Who was your best friend in childhood, and what was one of your favourite things to do together? Melanie Bradley. We were best friends from ages 5-10. Always together. We played Mary and Joseph in the school Nativity, and everyone joked we would one day get married! After a long absence we are st... Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Meet the cast of The Kite Runner: Ben Turner In our latest series of blog posts, we're giving you the chance to meet members of The Kite Runner Cast and Creative team.First up is an interview with Emilio Doorgasingh, who plays Baba... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP brings theatre to Erdington residents with new Home Theatre project Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced plans to bring theatre into the homes of Erdington residents on Saturday 18 October with its new initiative, Home Theatre Birmingham. Home Theatre Birmingham invites Erdington residents to apply to host a performance, made especially for them, in their own home to an audience of their choosing. These tailor-made performances will be created by Birmingham theatre artists and will be based on the Host’s own personal stories, experiences or anythin... Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Limited Spaces Available In Young REP's Newest Junior Group It’s clear that children and young people in the region #lovetherep because the response to our Young REP recruitment has been fantastic! If you have sent a registration form in and not heard anything then sadly all of the spaces have been filled but we will keep your name on file until our next recruitment drive in April 2015! There are still a small number of places available in our new Junior group for children in school years three and four. This group meets in the city centre eve... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Children's Birthday Parties At The REP The REP’s Children's Birthday parties are suitable for groups of both boys and girls and will take the hassle out of organising a party at home. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Join In The Conversation And #lovetherep Jump online and #lovetherep this bank holiday weekend. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Create A Perfect Premiere To Begin Your Married Life Planning on getting hitched? Looking for inspiration? Visit The REP’s *free* wedding fair on Sunday 26 October from 11am to 4pm! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Places Available In The Young REP The Young REP are delighted to announce that places are available, starting in September! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Records Needed For Rudy's Rare Records Set We need your old vinyl records to be part of the set for Rudy's Rare Records. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Cast Announced For Of Mice And Men The cast has been announced for our brand new production of Of Mice And Men. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Read Our Autumn/Winter 2014 Brochure Online Read our Autumn/Winter 2014 brochure online now. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Foundry Blog: JANUS Paul Murphy, front man and songwriter of The Destroyers, talks about turning from performance to writing in our latest Foundry blog. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Video: Danny Robins And Lenny Henry Discuss The Music And Story Of Rudy's Rare Records Danny Robins and Lenny Henry discuss the music and story of Rudy's Rare Records. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Video: Lenny Henry Introduces Rudy's Rare Records Lenny Henry talks about Rudy's Rare Records in our brand new video. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Foundry Blog: The Beginning of Slaughter REP Foundry artist Farrah Chaudhry talks about the inspiration behind her new play Slaughter Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Cast announced For Frantic Assembly's Production Of Othello Casting announced for Frantic Assembly's production of Othello. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 This Is KILN... KILN talk about being an associate company of The REP and how it all came about... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Cast Announced For J.B. Priestley’s Classic Thriller Dangerous Corner Michael Attenborough directs star cast in J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller Dangerous Corner The cast has been announced for J.B. Priestley’s classic play Dangerous Corner, which comes to The REP from 3 to 8 November. Starring Robin of Sherwood’s Michael Praed and Dalziel and Pascoe’s Colin Buchanan, Dangerous Corner will be directed by the former head of London’s acclaimed Almeida Theatre – Michael Attenborough. Known for his iconic portrayal in the classic TV series Robin ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Teams Up With Trident Reach The People Charity To Produce A Series Of Mini Plays All next week Birmingham Repertory Theatre will be working alongside customers of Trident Reach the People Charity to produce a series of mini plays. The project will connect Trident Reach’s customers who have experienced homelessness, with a professional director and actors based at the theatre. Working alongside professionals, the group will take part in a number of mini-drama workshops, creating small scenes and plays based on their past experiences. All this will culminate with th... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Joins UK Training Scheme For Young Directors The REP is one of eleven theatre companies in ten cities across the UK to join up with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS). Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Only At BE... Throughout BE FESTIVAL 2014, producer Simon Day, reflects on all the action as it happens. Over the last couple of months, the more seasoned members of the team (this is only my first festival) have often referred to various ‘shifts of gear’ as the festival gets closer, and we’ve certainly moved through them this week. Following the briefest of pauses to digest both the fantastic news from Arts Council England (we were successful in our application to join their National Po... Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Double The Fun Throughout BE FESTIVAL 2014, Producer Simon Day, reflects on all the action as it happens Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Stallholders Wanted For REP Open Day Fair - Deadline Extended The REP is looking for stallholders for its Open Day fair. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The County's Leading Expert On Indian Fighter Kites Visits The REP The county's leading expert on Indian fighter kites visits The REP. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Wig And Make-Up Expert Joins Global Greats For International Trade Show The REP's Head of Wigs and Make-up, Andrew Whiteoak, will be a guest speaker at this year's International Make-up Artist Trade Show. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0100 Your 5-Day Pass To The Very Best Of European Theatre! BE FESTIVAL 5-Day Passes Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Announces Exciting Summer School Opportunities The REP is delighted to be offering three fantastic summer school opportunities for young people this year. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 When Lauren met Charlie and Lola The first family to sign up for our brand new family membership, were given a very special treat! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP to produce stage premiere of Anita And Me Birmingham Repertory Theatre has today announced that it will premiere the first stage adaptation of Meera Syal’s *Anita And Me*. Adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta and directed by Roxana Silbert the show opens in autumn 2015. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham to Host World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in 2016 Birmingham has been chosen as the host city for the World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in July 2016. The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, ASSITEJ, voted overwhelmingly at the 18th World Congress in Warsaw last week to hold the 2016 Festival in Birmingham. This will be the first time the festival will have been held in the UK. The World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences, entitled ON THE EDGE, will be produced by TYA UK and TYA Ireland... Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Extra Performance Of Khandan (Family) Added Due To Popular Demand We are delighted to announce that due to continuing sell-out dates we’ve added an extra performance of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s striking new play Khandan (Family). After opening to amazing 4 and 5-star reviews, an extra matinee performance has been added on Saturday 7 June at 2.45pm. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss your chance to catch it before it transfers to The Royal Court in London where it has already sold-out! “Sudha Bhuchar is both fierce and tender as the domin... Fri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Combining Skins with The Beauty Queen of Leenane Director, Tessa Walker, talks about the process of directing Circles Wed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Host an international artist for BE FESTIVAL 2014 Would you like to offer a warm Birmingham welcome to a visiting European artist? Tue, 20 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Young REP member joins National Young Theatre of Great Britain Hannah Macmanomy has been accepted into the National Young Theatre of Great Britain, to work on their Sound and Lighting pathway Fri, 16 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Listen To How She Talks! Rachel De-lahey talks about writing Circles... Wed, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP's Autumn And Winter Season On Sale Now We are delighted to announce that The REP's Autumn and Winter 2014 Season is on sale now! Fri, 09 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Your Bus Stories We've parked a number 11 bus outside the theatre today to collect all your stories about bus travel and odd things that you've #heardonthebus Fri, 09 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Jump On Board The Number 11 Bus And Share Your Funny Bus Stories Tomorrow marks the world premiere of Circles, the brand new play written by award-winning playwright Rachel De-lahay, which is set on the Number 11 bus route. To celebrate the opening of the show, the Number 11 bus is paying a visit to The REP. From 11am to 1pm, the Number 11 will be parked up in Centenary Square, outside The REP, giving people the opportunity to jump on board and share their humorous stories, memories and various things they have overheard on the bus. Not only will there be... Thu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Love, Sweat and Garam Masala Preeya Kalidas talks about the process of bonding with the rest of the Khandan family… Thu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Lenny Henry Returns To West Midlands For REP Debut Lenny Henry will return to the West Midlands to headline our Autumn season. Fri, 02 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Victoria Bowles Blogs About Her Experience In Girls Like That Victoria Bowles from the Girls Like That cast, blogs about becoming her character and the reality of the play. Creating Girls Like That has been one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences of my life. Working with a brand new play which is so relevant to people my age has allowed me to better understand the workings of my own mind and the minds of my peers. For me, it was important to focus on my own character as well as the play as a whole, because I knew that the play hinged on the... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 World Premiere Of War Correspondents Opens Tomorrow Birmingham Repertory Theatre are delighted to be welcoming the world premiere of Helen Chadwick’s War Correspondents this week, a brand new song cycle that follows her critically acclaimed Dalston Songs, which was commissioned by the Royal Opera House. Inspired by a photojournalist who photographed Bosnia and Chechnya during the First Chechen War, Chadwick set out on a journey to interview war correspondents and journalists. These interviews have been turned into the lyrics which – inte... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 REP100: Spotted in the archive - A String Of Shakespeare Sue Deeley from the REP100 archiving team celebrates Shakespeare's 450th birthday with a trip through history... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Launches New Family Membership Scheme The REP has launched a brand new family membership scheme called Family ACT . Family ACT has been designed so that families can get the most out of their visit to The REP and receive a range of great benefits including discounts, priority booking, newsletters as well as fun and family friendly goodies and activities. There are great memories to be made at The REP and a family membership can be a great way to get the whole family involved. At The REP we are passionate about creating memorable... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Set To Become the Theatre Capital of Europe Birmingham’s festival celebrating the best of European theatre has a new home... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The REP's Children Go On A Teddy Bear's Picnic The REP’s Children have been re-united today for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Cast Announced for Circles The cast has been announced for Rachel De-lahay’s new play, Circles, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The cast includes Sarah Manners, Janice McKenzie, Toyin Omari-Kinch and Danusia Samal. Sarah Manners who plays Angela is best known for her role as Joanna Helm in the BBC series Doctors. Sarah has also appeared on screen in The Bill and Casualty. Janice McKenzie plays Phyllis. Her theatre credits include Miss Haversham in Great Expectations and Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo... Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Ellisons shortlisted for 35th Arts & Business Awards Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the UK’s leading supplier to the hair and beauty industry Ellisons have been shortlisted for their outstanding partnership in this year’s Arts & Business Awards in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. The partnership between The REP and Ellisons has been recognised as one of the top five within the A&B Sponsorship Award (below 10k). Ellisons are long-term supporters of Birmingham Repertory Theatre having supplied hair and beauty products to the th... Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Climate Change, Space Adventures And Free Haribo! Young REP member, Clarissa Allford, talks about performing in Enough… Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Open auditions for Monologueslam UK The audition process is now open for Monologueslam UK: Birmingham. We will be auditioning on Friday 11 April at The REP... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 World Theatre Day 2014 Thursday 27th March is World Theatre Day. Come and join in the celebrations at The REP! Enjoy a special World Theatre Day Afternoon Tea in our Centenary Brasserie, see a range of beautiful handmade costumes or sample a themed cocktail! World Theatre Day was established by the International Theatre Institute in 1962.The main activity is the World Theatre Day International Message. Each year a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a culture of pea... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Our own personal Brechts Katerina Pushkin talks about her preparations for March's Brecht themed REP Foundry Night Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 The poem that spawned a farm Paul Murphy talks about his preparations for March's Brecht themed REP Foundry Night Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 My first experience of Brecht was not a good one Jen Davis talks about her preparations for the Brecht themed REP Foundry Night Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Does everyone deserve a second chance? Young REP Member Yusuf Niazi talks about playing Boyfriend in Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Extra Performances Added For The BFG Due to popular demand extra performances for The REP’s family friendly Christmas production of The BFG have gone on sale. The brand new staging of Roald Dahl’s enduringly popular children’s book was due to run from 26 November to 17 January and it has now been extended to run until 24 January 2015 with an extra 12 performances added. An undisputed national treasure and the world’s favourite children’s author, Roald Dahl has enchanted young minds for more than 30 years with stories ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Have Your Say This Weekend As part of the Epic Encounters festival season, the REP is giving the public a chance to consider their values and confront social injustices. This is a unique opportunity to have your say. Meet charities, take part in the #5wordprotest art exhibition running throughout the theatre and the Library of Birmingham, and contribute to our money tree – what do you value that money can’t buy? Birmingham Repertory Theatre has a long standing commitment to Birmingham and West Midland based commu... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Extra Performances Added For The BFG Due to popular demand extra performances for The REP’s family friendly Christmas production of The BFG have gone on sale. The brand new staging of Roald Dahl’s enduringly popular children’s book was due to run from 26 November to 17 January and it has now been extended to run until 24 January 2015 with an extra 12 performances added. An undisputed national treasure and the world’s favourite children’s author, Roald Dahl has enchanted young minds for more than 30 years with stories ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Local People Take Centre Stage And Join The Revolution Over 70 people from across Birmingham and the West Midlands will take centre stage at The REP on Saturday 15 March for a large scale community production of one of Bertolt Brecht’s most revolutionary plays, The Mother. The Mother, adapted by leading UK playwright Mark Ravenhill, tells the story of one woman’s fight to protect her son from imprisonment by distributing his illegal protest leaflets for him. Gradually, she gets embroiled in the fight for equality and fairness, and becomes a... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Announcing the cast of Khandan We’re pleased to announce the cast for Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s new play, Khandan Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sixteen years a REP photographer REP volunteer Carole Gumbley writes in memory of Willoughby Gullachsen, who between 1968 and 1984 was the principal photographer for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He passed away peacefully on Friday 13th February 2014. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 A Big And Friendly Christmas In Store For 2014 We are pleased to announce our Christmas production for 2014.. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Director Jeni Draper talks about Frozen Jeni Draper talks about joke-telling, double casts and how the play has been updated for 2014... Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Actor Mike Hugo talks about Frozen Mike Hugo talks about meeting his double and the moments when words aren't enough... Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Interpreter Bev Wilson talks about Frozen Bev Wilson talks about what a BSL script looks like, the challenge of rehearsals for non-actors and the importance of a good cup of tea... Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Actor Sophie Stone talks about Frozen Sophie Stone talks about the challenges of learning to perform in an accent you can't hear... Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Photographer Aimee Cockle talks about Frozen Aimee Cockle talks about what makes a good production photograph and how best to capture sign language on camera... Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Competition - Watch our rehearsals Ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of a theatre’s rehearsal room? Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Never Try This At Home: Week One Actor Dudley Rees talks about the rehearsal process for upcoming show, Never Try This At Home… Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Theatre, Politics and Science Collide for Epic Encounters! Epic Encounters is a feast of inspiring theatre, stimulating debate and hands-on activities for all ages... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Nurturing local talent? Piece of cake! With one day to go until the January showcase that will end the REP Foundry programme 2013, an exciting gift arrived at The REP... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 REP100: Spotted in the archive - Lisel Haas Carole Gumbley from the REP100 archiving team talks about the iconic photographer, Lisel Haas. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Take a look at our Dish-y actors! The wonderful cast of The Dishwashers are now well into the rehearsal period... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Local Businesses Bring Snow Business to Children Four leading businesses in the West Midlands brought a bit of snow business to local young children this week. Abbey College, Deloitte, Irwin Mitchell and The Rigby Group Plc all sponsored Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s live stage show of The Snowman enabling nearly 100 young children from four local schools to be able to see the 20th anniversary performance. Pupils from Four Dwellings Academy Primary School, Hillstone Primary School, Mayfield Special School, and Robin Hood Primary School... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bring Your Child To Work Day Real life father and son team Malcolm and Todd Jennings will be appearing at the REP this week... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Get Into Creative Employment Creative Alliance has brought together 15 arts and cultural organisations from across Birmingham to offer over 30 Apprenticeships and paid Internships. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating 20 Years of Walking In The Air The three boys who first played the part of The Snowman at The REP in 1993 were reunited on stage last week. Thanks to the Birmingham Mail who helped track down the three former child stars, all three and their families attended a special 20th anniversary performance of the much-loved children’s classic. Now in their early 30s, Oliver Ashford, Adam Roberts and Justyn Towler joined current young actor, Joe Sheridan, and The Snowman on stage. Since its premiere at The REP, the stage sho... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Have Your Say! We’d love to hear your views on how we could make things even better. Why not fill out our Customer Survey? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Twenty Years And Still Walking In The Air To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our production of The Snowman, we’ve found some photos from our original rehearsals in 1993! Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Science Showoff Are you a science-y person? We’d love to have you up on stage being brilliant about science. Are you up for that? Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 REP100: Spotted in the archive - Margaret Chatwin Sylvia Gill from the REP100 archiving team talks about one of her favourite 'Drama Queens' at The REP. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Rachel De-lahay’s Circles Makes The Sunday Telegraph Hot List Sitting amongst Gillian Andersen, Anna Maxwell Martin, Hilary Mantel and Juliet Stevenson, Rachel De-lahay features in the Sunday Telegraph 2014 Hotlist – one of only six theatre picks! The talented playwright premieres her new play, Circles, at The REP in May, after scooping the award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standards Awards and a 2013 Writers Guild Award for Best Play. Dubbed ‘the queen of urban cool’ by The Independent, Birmingham born Rachel has already receive... Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 A Christmas Carol Goes Carolling! There wasn’t a ‘Bah humbug’ in sight when cast members from our hit musical A Christmas Carol dropped into John Taylor Hospice to deliver some festive cheer. The group entertained the Hospice Christmas Party with a performance of Christmas carols including Silent Night, In the Bleak Midwinter and Once in Royal David’s City. The company took a break from their hectic schedule playing two daily performances of the show, based on the Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale, to visit ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Dozens of coats donated in charity drive As part of a unique project, our audiences were encouraged to donate a coat to someone who needs it more. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The Snowman takes a turn on the ice Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on Saturday 21 December and Monday 23 December as The Snowman and Ice Princess are paying a visit to Winter Skate in Centenary Square! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Snowman and its return to Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the New Year some unique pop-up ice skating performances will take place just outside The REP! The skating duo will glide along to Walking In The Air, with Joanne Rigney playing The Snowman and Kate Lawrence as the Ice Princes... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Royal Court Theatre's Beckett Trilogy Comes To The REP A trilogy of Samuel Beckett plays which sold out at the Royal Court Theatre will tour to The REP in Autumn 2014. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Midlands accountancy firm forges double act with The REP A Midlands accountancy firm has forged a "double act" with The REP after signing up to support the organisation in our centenary year. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 A magical experience for disadvantaged children Could your business help provide a magical experience for disadvantaged children? Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Opportunity for local actors and singers to perform at The REP The REP are looking for actors and singers to be part of a community production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Coat Tales Donate clothes to the needy with this innovative art project... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Christmas at The REP We’re setting the scene for a sensational season! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 REP100: Spotted in the archive - Hamlets and Ophelias Sue Deeley, one of the REP100 archiving team, picks her favourite photos from some of the REP's productions of Hamlet. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Young REP in Madrid 2013 Sixteen members of the Young REP are visiting Madrid... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Half Term Fun At The REP! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this half-term that is cheap and cheerful then head to The REP. There are plenty of free activities in our foyers for children of all ages: Put on your own play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wind in the Willows and Treasure Island Become a designer and create your own design for a costume, set or poster A special Spooky Halloween Trail. Follow the clues and work out the answer. If your answer is correct you can receive a ve... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Discovering Characters and Comedy Assistant Director John Haidar talks about the first two weeks of rehearsals for Tartuffe Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Roxana Silbert Announces 2014 Season! Hot on the heels of our hugely successful reopening, we announce our plans for 2014. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 David Essex Rolls Up His Sleeves For Stage Return David Essex will be rolling up his sleeves when he returns to the stage next year to play the lead role in a new play, The Dishwashers at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The Dishwashers by Morris Panych, stars David Essex as Dressler. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, opens at The REP from 31 January – 15 February ahead of a tour and West End run. When young Emmett was a high flyer in the City he was a customer in an upmarket restaurant but now, thanks to a recent reversal in hi... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Sam West: My Theatre Matters Actor and Director Sam West talks about the My Theatre Matters campaign. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Hopelessly Devoted tours the West Midlands Following a fantastic run at The REP, Kate Tempest’s explosive new work, Hopelessly Devoted, embarks on a tour... Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 REP Foundry is open for applications! The REP Foundry programme is now open for applications for 2014. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The Wizard Who Stole Monday: Photo Blog Young REP Director, Tom Saunders, has been working on a new show with a community group from Halas Homes Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 System Upgrade Booking will be unavailable from Sunday evening to Monday morning. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Our New Chair Angela Maxwell will take over as Chair of our Board of Directors from October 2013 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100 PILOT Night Artists Announced You may remember a few weeks ago we were calling out for applications for our PILOT Nights, a chance for West Midlands based theatre-makers to platform their extracts of work in front of a live audience. After extensive deliberation, we are very excited to announce that our five artists have been selected, receiving £500 towards the development of their work along with rehearsal space, creative support and other benefits. Learn a bit more about our five talented artists: Georgina Biggs, Se... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The REP's IKEA Makeover The REP has worked with design and lifestyle favourites, IKEA Birmingham, to give some interior design flair to a number of areas within our newly refurbished theatre. IKEA Birmingham has transformed The REP’s four internal flats, used for visiting creative artists, created some beautiful new VIP rooms, given our new green room a total makeover and will be providing some bespoke chandelier lighting for our foyers. IKEA Birmingham have committed to providing all the fittings, furnishings a... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Stellar cast for Twelve Angry Men We are delighted to announce a stellar cast for our forthcoming production of Twelve Angry Men Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100 We're Open! We re-open our doors today after being closed for two-and-a-half years for redevelopment. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Short Stories Finding stories in Birmingham's forgotten spaces... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Cartoon Visit to explore a cartoon version of our improved building! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Award-winning Soweto Kinch Brings Birmingham’s Newest Venue To Life Award-winning musician Soweto Kinch was the first performer to take to our newest venue, as he spent the morning testing the acoustics in The STUDIO... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Soweto Kinch - Live at Bullring Birmingham! MOBO Award winner Soweto Kinch is set for a triumphant homecoming concert at Birmingham's Bullring on 15 August... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Are you ready to fly at our PILOT Night? We are seeking artist submissions for the PILOT Night on 18 October... Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Arts Partnership Needs You! Are you interested in volunteering at a wonderful weekend this September in central Birmingham? Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The Wizard Who Stole Monday: Audio Blog Young REP Director, Tom Saunders, has been working on a new show with a community group from Halas Homes... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Maureen Lipman Returns To The REP This October Maureen Lipman will return to The REP this October in a brand new play by Oliver Cotton, Daytona Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 We’re Home! A digital facelift and a special offer... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Right, Smack-Bang in the Heart of it! Clive Judd, one of the REP Foundry artists, talks about what drew him to make art in Birmingham… Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 A Passionate Woman has been postponed We regret to announce the postponement of the forthcoming production, A Passionate Woman... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 A Set Of False Teeth, A Coat Full Of Crisps And 22 Lunch Boxes Young REP Director, Tom Saunders, has been working on this month’s Young REP Summer Festival and talks about the success of recent production ITTULLKYLLYOOIFFYOODOO Tue, 09 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 New Audio Walk Brings 100 Years of Dramatic History Back To Life A new city centre audio walk is bringing 100 years of theatre in Birmingham back to life. Created as part of The REP’s centenary year, the REP100 Centenary Stroll is a free guide taking listeners on a walk through some of the city’s landmarks tracing moments in history and featuring archive recordings from the past Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Our Box Office Is On The Move We are gradually relocating our box office service, The BOX, to our newly refurbished home in Centenary Square. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 'This is Polly. She'll be directing.' Polly Tisdall talks about her experiences as a member of The REP's Foundry programme... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 A Feast of Stories Naomi Wood, who is assisting on Yumm-A-Yukk-A-Boo talks about the process of bringing this show – a Neighbourhood REP collaboration with a community library – to the stage. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Audio Walks Bring Tolkien’s Childhood Haunts To Life A new ‘audio walk’ inspired by some of the places that fired the imagination of The Hobbit author JRR Tolkien as a child will be launched on Sunday 16 June. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The Industry I Wanted To Work In Our new Publicity Assistant, Vicki Ellery-Jones, talks about how volunteering at The REP led to a permanent job here Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Online booking temporarily unavailable on Sunday The ticket booking section of our website will be briefly unavailable on Sunday 9 March 2013. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 BE festival is back for 2013 Our friends at BE Festival will be welcoming some of Europes finest talent to Birmingham next month... Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Big Arts Picnic Set For Ward End Park Residents from across Ward End and Hodge Hill are being encouraged to dig out their picnic rug, pack some sandwiches and join in the Big Arts Picnic at Ward End Park on Sunday 2 June. The Big Arts Picnic promises a packed afternoon of fun arts activities for everyone to enjoy and even try their hand at. The event will feature a special performance of Eat! – a tasty theatrical treat staged in caravans by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Black Country Touring. There will also be oppor... Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Over 200 Local Young People Take To The Stage For A Summer Festival of Theatre For two weeks this July, over 200 young people from across Birmingham and the West Midlands will take to the stage for a Summer Festival of Theatre. Tue, 28 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 A Stepping Stone To Creating Beautiful Work Amerah Saleh talks about her experiences as a member of The REP's Foundry programme... Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 View our Autumn/Winter 2013 brochure! Our autumn/winter brochure is now available online... Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 A Lucky Break Lucky Rae talks about her placement with last year's production of Eat! and rejoins the team this year for the Wolverhampton performances... Thu, 16 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 New Youth Theatre Group in Wolverhampton The REP is preparing to launch a new youth theatre in Wolverhampton, the Arena Young REP. Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Emerging West Midlands Writers and Directors Given Major Boost Emerging theatre artists in the West Midlands have been given a boost with the news that, thanks to significant support from The Leverhulme Trust, our REP Foundry artist development programme will continue until 2016. Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Fat Priests So I had this small play on earlier in the week. Very small... Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The World of Impenetrable Shadows Roy Eynhallow enters Moseley Bog after dark for our Neighbourhood REP project: Light From The Shadows Fri, 10 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Improvements in progress Please bear with us on Wednesday, when our box office system may be intermittently unavailable due to upgrades. Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The Countdown to Re-opening Begins The REP’s two-and-a-half-year refurbishment project reaches a major milestone this week Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Eat! Caravans Journey To Wolverhampton Due to popular demand The REP and Black Country Touring will restage Eat! in Wolverhampton this May. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 REP100 Exhibition Takes To The Road From April to November the REP100 touring exhibition will visit community libraries, the RSC and the Malvern Festival. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 New Library of Birmingham App Showcases The REP From leading ladies to groundbreaking writers, people will soon be able to carry a little bit of The REP's history in their pocket Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 New Writers-In-Residence Appointed Birmingham born writers, Robin French and Rachel De-Lahay are to join us as Writers-In-Residence Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Casting Announced on The National Theatre’s People We’re delighted to announce the casting for the forthcoming National Theatre tour of People, which will reopen The REP’s Main auditorium on 3 September 2013. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Grosvenor G Casino Supports The REP For A Sixth Consecutive Year Long term supporters of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the award-winning Grosvenor G Casino, have announced their sponsorship of the theatre for a sixth consecutive year. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Alright, who was dreaming of a white Easter? The snow has started falling again here in Birmingham, so we just thought we'd give you a quick update on our plans for the weekend. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Quite a return for Roderick! Roderick Smith, who is playing Bert Woodhead in Heather Gardner, began his career on the Old Rep stage as a page-boy in 1968! Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Chime time for Heather Gardner! Our Head of Sound, Dan Hoole, has been recording some sound effects for our upcoming production of Heather Gardner... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating the Drama Queens Gwendolen Whitaker, curator for the REP100 project is celebrating International Women's Day... Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Heather Gardner rehearsal photographs now online Take a look at how the Heather Gardner cast are bringing an Ibsen classic to 1960s Birmingham... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 An exciting opportunity in Hall Green Do you like stories? Do you enjoy getting out in the fresh air? Are you interested in local history? Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Party like we're more than 99! Clare Lovell, Digital Officer for the REP, updates us on the theatre’s birthday celebrations… On 15 February 1913, the REP turned 100 years old. We celebrated by launching our autumn season and holding the press night for our production of I Was A Rat!. In 1913, the first ever performance at The REP opened with the recital of a poem by John Drinkwater, written especially for the occasion, so we closed our 100th birthday performance with a funny and touching poem by Steve ‘... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Your Birthday Messages What you've been saying on twitter... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 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 ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Creating Theatre Goers Of The Future Hundreds of babies born at two Birmingham hospitals this week are being given the chance of a lifetime – free theatre until they are ten years old. The exciting project, REP’s Children, is run as part of our centenary celebrations. All babies born in City and Heartlands hospitals during The REP’s 100th birthday week (February 11 – 17) will be offered a free theatre experience every year for the first ten years of their lives. The project will begin with the newborns and t... Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Cast Announced For Heather Gardner The cast for our forthcoming production of Heather Gardner has been announced. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Alan Bennett’s new play People To Reopen Birmingham Repertory Theatre Alan Bennett’s new play People will reopen Birmingham Repertory Theatre this September following the theatre’s two and a half year closure for refurbishment. Following its sell-out run at the National Theatre, the play will commence its UK tour at The REP from 3 – 21 September. Booking for this major production, and the rest of The REP’s exciting return-home season will open during the theatre’s 100th birthday celebrations in February. Priority bookings for members... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The Snow Must Go On! Important information on performances and Young REP rehearsals during the current weather... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Big Names in Very Small Text! Every Thursday, myself and around a dozen others have been heading to Birmingham's Central Library to delve into the numerous cardboard boxes holding the REP's archive... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 The Writers Directors and Theatre-Makers of The First REP Foundry! We're pleased to announce the 18 artists who will be part of its exciting new year-long programme, REP Foundry. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Where's Teacher? One of our youth theatre companies, the Young REP Juniors have written and performed a new play called "Where’s Teacher" Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Back From The River Bank Our friends at Language Alive update us on the work they’ve been doing in schools to tie in with The REP’s production of The Wind In The Willows… Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 REP100: Treating Our Volunteers Rebecca Targett, intern on the REP100 project talks about the the latest meeting of the project’s volunteers… Our lucky volunteers were treated to a night at the Casino! Thanks to REP100’s sponsor Grosvenor G Casino. Welcomed by a champagne reception and a delicious three course meal it was the perfect time for volunteers to catch up with one another and discuss the project, and strengthen our friendship bonds. The Casino was the ideal atmosphere for our frivolous fun; it gave... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 The Rememberers Our production of The Rememberers arrives at The Old Vic. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Young REP tackle new skills On Saturday, the Young REP completed an exciting term-long project Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Mr Badgers Challenge Congratulations to Martha and Niamh winners of Mr Badger's Challenge! Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 A Christmas Cracker Of A Show! Our production of The Wind In The Willows runs until January. If you’re still wondering whether to book, why not take a look at what the reviewers have been saying? “This children’s favourite about woodland and riverside friends is brought hop, skip and jumping to life.”The Stage “A Christmas cracker of a show. […] An ever-revolving mixture of nostalgia, foresight and contemporary relevance, The Wind In The Willows has something for all ages.”Birmingham Mail... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 The Snowman flies cross-country! The Snowman will be busy this festive season! Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Cast and tour announced for Philip Pullman's I Was A Rat! The cast and UK tour of Philip Pullman's I Was A Rat! has been announced. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Advent Calendar 2012 The REP is counting down to Christmas... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Local Stories And Memories Needed For 100th Birthday Celebrations Volunteers from The REP will be camping out in Centenary Square during the Christmas season in a special REP100 Caravan. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Box Office Upgrade Information We’re installing a new Box Office system which will lead to some unavoidable disruption from 8 - 14 November. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 He(a)rd Members of the Young REP have been collaborating with Laura Cooper and Ikon Gallery Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Extra Tickets Released For Dim Sum Nights! Due to popular demand extra tickets have been released for Dim Sum Nights. This unique new show by Yellow Earth will be performed in a restaurant in the heart of Birmingham’s Chinatown from the 13 to 15 November. Dim Sum Nights, which takes place at the Ming Moon restaurant, promises to tickle both minds and taste buds by combining bite-sized pieces of theatre with Chinese Dim Sum and tea. The show has been particularly popular since it went on sale in the spring so book your tickets ... Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Rehearsals begin for The Wind In The Willows Rehearsals have just started for The Wind In The Willows and we are thrilled to announce a wonderful cast. The cast of sixteen actor / musicians will bring a host of wonderful characters to life. Playing Toad is Matthew Douglas. Matthew, a graduate of the University Of Birmingham, recently starred in The REP’s double bill of productions Travesties and The Importance Of Being Earnest. Joining Matthew as Badger will be Robert Pickavance. Robert has had a varied television career appearing i... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Open Doors Weekend The REP and the new Library of Birmingham will be throwing open our doors to the public as part of the forthcoming Open Doors Weekend a nationwide series of events inviting members of the public to visit working construction sites. Following a brief introduction to the site, visitors will be able to view how construction of a world class public building located in a very active city centre has had its challenges, successes and achievements. They will view an innovative induction video that t... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Project YOUtheatre Workshops for young people in performance, design, songwriting, stand-up comedy, special effects, spoken word, stage combat, dance, puppetry and playwriting! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Helping people Eat! We're asking audience members to bring along items of food which we will then donate to the West Bromwich Food Bank Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 REP 100: Our Volunteers Get Going! The latest update from REP100 Team. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Open Access Directors Workshop Run by the JMK Trust, this free, day-long workshop will explore different aspects of working as a theatre director Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Forests Embarks on European Tour Following its world premiere in Birmingham, Calixto Bieito's groundbreaking production, Forests, embarks on a European tour Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Calling All Emerging West Midlands Directors, Writers and Theatre-makers REP Foundry is a new initiative that will invest in and support six writers, six directors and six theatre-makers by offering them a year-long development and mentoring programme Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day Ahoy there, me hearties! September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, so we thought we’d celebrate with some pictures from our archive of Captain Hook and his fearsome crew in the REP’s 2007 production of Peter Pan. If you’d like to try your hand at flying the Jolly Roger yourself, you can hire The REP’s costumes and props from Peter Pan and many of our other shows. Or if you’d rather try your hand at digging up more buried treasure from the theatre&#... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0100 New Artistic Director Roxana Silbert Announces Birmingham Rep’s Exciting 100th Birthday Season New artistic director, Roxana Silbert, has announced plans for the company’s 100th birthday season in February 2013 and the future of the theatre. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0100 REP100 Discoveries in the Archive We've started making some exciting discoveries in the archive, and we're planing for our first volunteer induction days. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Rivers and Forests at Artsfest 2012 The REP will be at ArtsFest this weekend and we hope you'll be joining us! Here’s some information to help you plan your weekend and take advantage of our great ticket offers for ArtsFest 2012. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0100 REP100: The journey begins... Jenny Smith, Project Producer for REP100 talks about her first week at The REP… Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Engarde! Our Education Officer, Fiona, has spent the last couple of weeks undergoing some rather exciting training... Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 The first summer schools of 2012 The REP’s Learning & Participation team are in the middle of summer school madness! Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Casting announced for Our Country's Good The cast for Our Country's Good has been announced.The company includes a number of actors who will be familiar to REP audiences... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 The REP's 100-Year History Comes To Life Our new website will bring to life antique archive of rare photographs, letters and newspaper articles... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Young REP Summer Schools 2012 We have two great opportunities this summer for young people aged 11-18... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 A Right Royal Kidnapping! If you missed the Queen on her visit to Birmingham yesterday, you'll have a chance to catch her at The Old Rep Theatre next week... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Make theatre while the sun shines! The weather's finally brightened up and it really couldn't have happened soon enough for us here at The REP, as we prepare for this week's outdoor events... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Top Gear Eat Your Heart Out! We're adapting some caravans for an exciting new show this Autumn... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Cast Announced For Calixto Bieito's Forests Hayley Carmichael, George Costigan, Christopher Simpson and Katy Stephens plus leading Catalan actors Josep Maria Pou, Roser Cami and singer Maika Makovski have been cast in Calixto Bieito's Forests, Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 From Zombies To Pigs... Design Assistant, Laura Brannon talks about her first job for The REP... Wed, 04 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Local People Bring Story of Medieval Witchcraft To Life In Castle Ruins Over sixty volunteers from across Birmingham are bringing a dramatic story of witchcraft, evil barons, plague and pestilence to life amid the ruins of a medieval castle this week. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Free Workshops And Events We've got two exciting opportunities coming up for emerging or aspiring theatre professionals Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 The Just Price Of Flowers Is 'An Absolute Pleasure' Some quotes from reviewers and audience members about The Just Price Of Flowers... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Made Me The REP is thrilled to be part of the inaugural Birmingham Made Me Design EXPO which opens at Birmingham’s Mailbox today. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Harborne Herald: One Week To Go An update on rehearsals from the performers Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Free props, costume and make-up workshops We will be holding open workshops in the Weoley Castle area, so that people interested in getting involved behind the scenes can learn more about props, costumes and make-up. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Young REP go MAD: Bank Holiday Weekend Our youth theatre escaped last weekend's rain by heading off to Madrid... Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Three Generations of Ladywood Residents Create Stories For Local Library Three generations of Ladywood residents are sharing and creating their own stories for a new project at Spring Hill library in collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. And on Saturday, May 26th, the stories are being brought to life amongst the shelves of books of the library. Since November last year pensioners, pupils from Brookfields Primary School and mums and toddlers from across Ladywood, have been working with award-winning storyteller Peter Chand to tell their own stories. To... Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Ilam Hall: Day Five Day Five of our residential schools project in the Peak District Sat, 19 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Ilam Hall: Day Four Day Four of our residential schools project in the Peak District Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Catalyst Arts Award from Arts Council England Arts Council England today announced that Birmingham Repertory Theatre has been successful in securing an award from its £30 million Catalyst Arts awards Thu, 17 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Ilam Hall: Day Three Day Two of our residential schools project in the Peak District Thu, 17 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Autumn/Winter Season Now On Sale Our programme of work for Autumn and Winter 2012 is now on sale! Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Ilam Hall: Day Two Day Two of our residential schools project in the Peak District Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Ilam Hall: Day One Day One of our residential schools project in the Peak District Mon, 14 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 A Peek at Rehearsals for The Witches' Promise Naomi Woods, Assistant Director of The Witches Promise introduces us to the project with a short video... Tue, 01 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Theatre Art Finds a Home in The Pavillions Paintings by The REP’s Art Class on the theme of Home are being exhibited at the Pavilions shopping centre until 13th May 2011. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Reports from the Fierce Press Gang Emily O’Brien and Anna Piper from the Fierce Press Gang report on two of The REP’s recent productions. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100 West Midlands well represented in this year's Norman Beaton Both the winner and the runner up of this year's Norman Beaton Fellowship are West Midlands performers put forward by The REP Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Historical Harborne Arzhang Pehzman talks about delving into Harborne's history... Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Living Books: Are you good at reading people? An account of reading the living books from Time Has Fallen Asleep In The Afternoon Sunshine. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0100 We want your food stories! The REP, and Black Country Touring in association with Foursight Theatre are cooking up a new piece of drama based on your food stories. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Seven Seaside Stories and a Bag of Chips Last week marked the culmination of the Seven Seaside Stories project, in which students from Queen Alexandra College for the visually impaired worked with The REP to create a multisensory performance for young children Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Weoley Castle Performers Needed To Bring Castle Ruins To Life Have you ever dreamt of treading the boards? Are you a talented performer who would love to share your gift? Birmingham Repertory Theatre can make it happen! The REP are looking for residents from Weoley Castle and the surrounding area who would like to get involved in a new large-scale community production, The Witches’ Promise by Stephanie Dale. Working in partnership with Weoley Castle and Weoley Castle Library as part of The REP’s Neighbourhood REP projects, the play will be per... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Theatre To Reopen In September 2013 We will reopen to the public in September 2013! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Living Books: More than a sheaf of pages One of the participants from Time Has Fallen Asleep In The Afternoon Sunshine talks about being a Living Book Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Birmingham academy announces partnership with The REP The Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) has announced a new partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Patients At Heartlands Hospital Pen Radio Drama Patients from the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Heartlands Hospital are given a taste of the creative arts... Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Arts Brings Like Minded People Together To Look At The Effects Of Mental Health A free symposium discussing the effects of mental health on young people and the impact of arts practice in mental health settings will be held on Thursday, March 1st at mac in Cannon Hill Park. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Four West Midlands teachers collaborate on a piece of theatre Four teachers from schools in the West Midlands have collaborated on a piece of theatre created in response to The REP’s production of Gravity Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger Join Birmingham Repertory Theatre for Christmas 2012 Today is Birmingham Repertory Theatre's 99th birthday and to celebrate, we're selling 99 tickets at 99 pence for The Wind In The Willows, our2012 Christmas production. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Young REP: Hamlet Rehearsals A member of Young REP Juniors talks about Saturday's rehearsal Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Young REP: Audioblog A member of Young REP Juniors records a short audioblog about the rehearsals for Hamlet Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Young REP: Juniors Two of the Young REP Juniors talk about what they've been up to recently Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 UK Tour and Casting Announced For Gravity Following its world premiere at mac this Spring, Arzhang Pezhman's gripping new play will head out on a UK tour. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Young REP: Playwrights Young REP member Tom talks about how he's enjoying the new Young REP Playwrights group. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Waiting For Godot - Week Three Through the Boys Eyes: the third rehearsal blog for Waiting For Godot Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 New shows for 2012 We're delighted to announce the arrival of five new shows in five new venues for 2012 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Young REP: The New Term Begins 12 year old Jessica updates us on the progress of the Young REP. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 All Black Cast Wait For Beckett's Mysterious Godot Casting has been announced for Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Waiting For Godot which opens at The Old Rep on March 13th. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Waiting For Godot - Week Two Leaves, boots and iPads. The second rehearsal blog for Waiting For Godot Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Waiting For Godot - Week One Tweeds, zoot suit or butler's uniform? The first rehearsal blog for Waiting For Godot Thu, 05 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Home Educator Workshops at The REP A Home Educators group asked if we could provide them with some training so that they could use drama and theatre in their children's learning and of course, we jumped at the chance! Thu, 05 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Ticketing Site Maintenance Our ticketing site will be down on 5 January between 9 and 10am for routine maintenance. Wed, 04 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Charity Costume Giveaway The REP's Fairy Goody has been very busy lately - not just spinning the cloth for Sleeping Beauty's new dress, but also helping us to donate some of the theatre's costumes! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Christmas Opening Hours The Christmas opening hours for our Box Office in Birmingham Central Library are... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Fun for all the family On Saturday 17th December The REP's Learning & Participation team led a Family Day... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Prop Hire: The Inquisition's Chairs Need some extra chairs for a Christmas or New Year's party, but want something a bit special? Why not hire these chairs from The REP's stores? Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Four Theatres And Four Writers Unite to Reveal Attitudes Towards Europe Birmingham Repertory Theatre is joining forces with three other leading theatres from across Europe to create a unique piece of theatre revealing varying attitudes towards Europe across the continent Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Abstract Beauty in Central Library The REP Art Class have been creating abstract paintings inspired by The REP's production of Sleeping Beauty... Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 The Snowman brings the snow The Snowman will be making appearances around Birmingham throughout December and bringing some seasonal weather with him! Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Take a look at Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty has arrived at The Crescent Theatre and we’ve just uploaded a selection of photographs and a 360° panorama of the set. Why not take a peek? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Our Online Change Of Scenery Welcome to our new website. With so much going on during The REP's Change of Scenery we've redesigned our website to make it easier to use and to improve the overall experience of The REP online a more friendly and informative one. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Prop Hire: The Crocodile This giant crocodile was Captain Hook's nemesis in The REP's 2007 production of Peter Pan and can be hired by schools, youth theatres or amateur dramatic societies. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 The REP's African Adventure Our Education Officer, Fiona, is in South Africa working with pupils there to develop forthcoming play Hip Hope Hero Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Recycled Books Find New Life Centre Stage Books from Birmingham's Central Library are being given a new lease of life on stage with The REP thanks to the creative thinking of librarians. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0100 A Splash Of Colour As we've just announced our new season which includes Catherine Wheels Theatre Company's production of White, a play about bringing a splash of colour into a completely white world, we thought we’d share some work from our Art Class... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Read reviews for The REP's Double Bill at The Old Rep Theatre Our double bill of The Importance Of Being Earnest and Travesties at The Old Rep Theatre are in full swing and the reviews are flooding in. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Spring And Summer Season 2012 On Sale! As The REP marks its second year off-site we are continuing to perform at other venues across the city including mac, The Old Rep Theatre, A E Harris, Birmingham’s Central Library and other community libraries, the ruins of a medieval castle and even a city centre promenade performance. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0100 The REP and Library of Birmingham celebrates Topping Out Yesterday, Cllr Whitby laid the last piece of concrete on the highest point of the new Library of Birmingham at the official Topping Out ceremony. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Interested in Playwriting? The REP is pleased to announce the formation of Young REP Playwrights. A new group for writers aged 14-18. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0100 The Rep Announces New Production As Part Of The World Shakespeare Festival A brand new production presented by The REP as part of the World Shakespeare Festival has been announced. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Identity Following on from the success of last year's project, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Telford Find Your Talent is embarking on the second leg of a theatrical exchange programme with Calgary Young People's Theatre from Canada. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Free events this Autumn at The Old Rep Theatre There are a variety of exciting free events taking place this Autumn to coincide with our productions of The Importance Of Being Earnest and Travesties... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Website Downtime We just wanted to give you advance notice that our website will be down for a few hours on the evening of Sunday 24 July. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Pupils Design Library And Theatre Complex Of The Future Young people from four Birmingham schools have just celebrated the culmination of a ten-week engineering and architecture project called Future Vision, which has seen them develop designs for a library and theatre complex of the future. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Toy Theatre Festival 2011 The REP's Learning and Participation department has once again been hard at work preparing for this year’s Toy Theatre Festival. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0100 The REP heads to Latitude with Wasted The REP will be heading to Latitude once again this year with the world premiere of Kate Tempest's Wasted. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Brings Theatre To Life With Neighbourhood Libraries Birmingham Repertory Theatre is joining forces with Birmingham City Council’s Library and Archive Services to bring a range of theatre projects to six local libraries across the city. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Casting Announcement for The REP's Double Bill of Plays The cast for The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties has been announced. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham talent recognised at Norman Beaton Fellowship Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Casting Co-ordinator Alison Solomon recently took part in the 2011 Norman Beaton Fellowship. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Ostrich Boys author Keith Gray visits Birmingham Keith Gray, author of Ostrich Boys, visited Birmingham this week... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Roxana Silbert Appointed As The REP's New Artistic Director Roxana Silbert has been appointed as The REP's new Artistic Director Tue, 31 May 2011 00:00:00 +0100 The Wiz is the Pride of Birmingham! This bank holiday weekend the stars of The Wiz will be keeping the crowds entertained with a sneaky preview of some of the musical numbers from the show at Birmingham’s Pride Festival. Fri, 27 May 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Behind the scenes on The Wiz Every wished you could sneak in and watch our rehearsals? Sun, 15 May 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Curtain rises on new partnership Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust have signed an agreement with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Hearth Centre to use drama to promote mental wellbeing. Sat, 14 May 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Unwrapped Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Ulfah Arts are proud to present an exciting festival of new writing taking place this month at _mac birmingham_. Fri, 13 May 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Queen celebrates young people and performing arts The REP’s Associate Director Steve Ball was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace... Wed, 11 May 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Looking For Yoghurt On The Road! Looking For Yoghurt, a funny and touching play inspired by the imagination and wisdom of children will be on tour this May. The play returns following its world premiere at The REP in Spring 2009 and a well-received tour of Korea and Japan in 2010. A theatrical treat for children aged 6+, Looking For Yoghurt follows the adventures of a young girl Norang, who meets two other children whilst looking for her friend, a stray cat called Yoghurt. Together they explore a strange, shadowy enchanted ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Ghost Boy wins Brian Way award Last night, Keith Saha won Theatre Centre (TC) Brian Way Award 2011 for his play Ghost Boy commissioned by 20 Stories High, Liverpool. Last year’s winner Laurence Wilson presented him with a cheque for £6,000 at the Shoreditch Town Hall, London where the ceremony took place. This Award celebrates best new play for young people in the UK. This year, an unprecedented number of plays competed for the prize. The winner was selected by a panel of five guest judges: Chris Taylor (Director of N... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road! The REP’s production department has been busily building the spectacular set for our forthcoming super soul summer musical - The Wiz. A routine inspection this week has uncovered a misdemeanor – four very special golden bricks from our brick road have gone missing! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0100 X-Factor Star Decides There's No Place Like Home After wowing judges on TV's X-Factor, Treyc Cohen returns to the West Midlands to play Dorothy in our production of The Wiz! Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Snow Forecast For Next Ten Years Snowmen will be a regular sight in London's West End for the next decade. Not the result of climate change, but thanks to a new 10-year deal to stage Birmingham Repertory Theatre's critically-acclaimed live version of Raymond Briggs' much-loved children’s classic, THE SNOWMAN, at the Peacock Theatre. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Behna is back! Our site-specific, Punjabi kitchen drama, Behna, returns to the West Midlands this month for a run at The Public in West Bromwich. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Ostrich Boys Teacher Day The REP is pleased to announce a CPD Session for Key Stage 3 & 4 Teachers, supported by published resources and led by the Paul Bunyan & Ruth Moore, authors of the Ostrich Boys Methuen “Critical Scripts” Teaching Activities. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Tour Dates Announced For Notes To Future Self Following its world premiere at mac this Spring, Lucy Caldwell’s poignant play, Notes To Future Self, will head out on a UK tour. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 The Future Of ANLO? You'd Be Mad To Miss It! The REP’s participation in A Night Less Ordinary, The Arts Council’s FREE tickets for young people scheme has now come to an end. The scheme’s been a massive success with over 8,122 free theatre tickets to see REP shows taken up by young people aged between 14 – 26 since February 2009. If you were one of the 4,986 lucky young people to have bagged a free theatre ticket from The REP and you’ve been well and truly bitten by that theatre bug – don’t worry – if you’... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Kerrang's Kate Lawler Jams With The REP Kerrang Radio’s Kate Lawler will be introducing the bands at tomorrow night’s fundraising gig at the Jam House. All the proceeds from this gig will support our work both on and off stage. The night will include music from local bands including The Bleeding Hearts, Last Orders, Rock Steady and Jam House classics, The Crazy 88s. Tickets are on sale now from our Box Office for £10, online or by calling 0121 236 4455. And if you found all the restaurants were full this Valentine&#8217... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Sandwell Students Bring Drama To The Classroom Students from the Sandwell Ormiston Academy have been bringing a bit of drama to their lessons with the help of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Director Announced for The Importance Of Being Earnest/Travesties Director Announced for The Importance Of Being Earnest/Travesties Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Casting Announced For Notes To Future Self Casting for the forthcoming production Notes To Future Self has just been announced. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 We're Over Half Way There! The response to our REPair Appeal which we launched last year has been amazing and we are pleased to announce that we are over half way towards reaching our target! Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 A Sneak Peek Inside New Library of Birmingham The Final Curtain has happened, the lights are down and our doors have now temporarily closed to the public until 2013. Over the last few weeks staff at The REP have been busy packing costumes and props and are slowly settling into their temporary home in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The REP’s building in Centenary Square is now surrounded by hoardings as construction work on the theatre and Library of Birmingham gets underway. A computer-generated video tour of the Library of Birmi... Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Take A Trip Into The Future The comfort you’ve come to expectHeatersSeatingdrinks and snacks available inc hot chocolate and mulled wine plus rehearsal photos (from Albany dates) The first show of our off-site programme opens on Friday. Kenny Baraka’s The Rememberers is a dark and musical tale of survival, set in a post apocalyptic waste land where fresh water is running out and ‘The Rememberers’ must fight the sinister NorCon Corporation, in order to save the planet. We’ve just added a a selection o... Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Acting Like Children Acting Like Children Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Verity Bargate Award Birmingham Repertory Theatre is delighted to be supporting the return of the Verity Bargate Award – Soho Theatre’s national competition for the best new play by an emerging writer. The judges are looking for a new play that will stand out from the crowd – it might be your first script, it might be set in a kitchen or on the moon. The only limit is your imagination! This session will enliven your process by offering fresh eclectic exercises and lively discussion guaranteed to help ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 The Final Curtain Draws Closer! Join us as we mark the end of an era Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Opportunity For Writers The REP is now accepting submissions for a new writing programme in collaboration with Unicorn Theatre. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Season's Greetings From The REP! In the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, we thought you might like to find out about some last minute present ideas from The REP. So here are our Top 12 Gift Ideas for The REP’s forthcoming season… 1. The Final Curtain is a one off celebratory event in The REP’s Main House on January 8 2011 – the final day that the theatre is open to the public before we close for two years and go on tour around the city. Birmingham born writer Steven Camden aka Polarbear has composed a pi... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 A fond farewell Our Artistic Director, Rachel Kavanaugh, will be leaving us next year to devote more time to her growing family. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 The Box is opening for bookings! Information about The REP's new booking office, which is opening in January 2011 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Join The Cast of The Wiz in a New Production by The REP! Wiz community cast call Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Ever wanted to go behind the scenes with our youth theatre? Check in each week to follow The REP’s very own reality show as Abigail, Anwen, Lewis, Oliver, Red and their friends rehearse for Secrets and Gardens! The Rep’s satellite youth theatre, Northfield Juniors will be shooting a six episode documentary to give all of our customers a look at what goes on behind the scenes. So if you’ve ever wondered how our youth theatre productions are put together, you can watch the episodes on the Young Rep Documentary page and then book ticke... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 The Snowman flies into your home The REP's much-loved production of _The Snowman_ is now available on DVD! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Joanne Malin is hosting The Final Curtain! We’ve got something to broadcast: Joanne Malin’s hosting The Final Curtain! Thu, 28 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Work Experience at The REP Interested in a work experience placement at The REP? Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0100 More ANLO tickets added for Friday's Punk Rock Due to the popularity of A Night Less Ordinary tickets for this production, The REP is pleased to announced that it has increased the number available for PUNK ROCK on Friday 8 October at 7.30pm. PUNK ROCK is written by Simon Stephens, one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights. His previous work includes the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Sea Wall (Traverse), Pornography (Tricycle / The REP 2008) and his recent critically acclaimed collaboration with writers David Eldridge and Robert Holman... Tue, 05 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Habit of Art tickets We are pleased to announce that a small number of extra tickets have been released on sale for "The Habit of Art": Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 8SIXTEEN32 Autumn 2010 Tour Decypher Collective's 8SIXTEEN32 starts a tour next week to eleven venues around the UK Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Stage Fright on Friday 29 Oct 2010 Do you dare to spend a night in the theatre after the doors have been locked?The spooky goings on at The REP will come to a head this Halloween when thirteen would be ghost hunters a chance to spend the night with us and find out more about the theatre ghosts and what happens when the auditorium empties.A once in a lifetime experience for brave souls only! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Will You Be At Artsfest? We Will! The REP is everywhere at this year's ArtsFest - and the event is FREE to attend! Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Your memories revealed Your REP memories have helped us create The REP Revealed exhibition in our foyer. We still have space on our pinboards for more of your memories. Add your comments and find out what other people have remembered. The REP Revealed exhibition is now on display in our foyer and open to everyone. It will be staffed on the following dates, so if you want to ask anything or find out more, come along before the evening performance:3, 9, 22, 24, 28, 30 Sep5, 8, 19, 28 Oct10, 12, 30 Nov11 Dec betwe... Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Dig out your camera and get snapping for free tickets to The Secret Garden! We’ve got a brand new production of *The Secret Garden* on show this Christmas and we’re offering you the chance to win free tickets to this spellbinding musical version of the much-loved children’s classic. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 The Emancipation Of The Serfs The formal emancipation of the serfs began shortly after Alexander II became Tsar. He set up a reform commission to examine the problem, which quite predictably met with considerable opposition from landowners. As a compromise Alexander allowed the serfs their freedom, but did not allow them to take land from those who had been their ‘masters.’ In fact, former serfs had to pay their former masters over a number of years for any land that they claimed. Many fell behind with their ... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Revolution This predicament for the vast majority of the population (who by now lived in poverty and with very little real freedom) eventually led to the revolution of 1905. Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 by a revolutionary group, and his successor Alexander III reacted by placing restrictions on local government and increasing the power and reach of the Russian secret police to supress revolutionary groups. Some members of revolutionary groups emigrated throughout Europe in order to avoid prose... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 The October Manifesto The events of ‘Bloody Sunday’ led many ordinary Russians into becoming active revolutionaries, but there were still many different groups, all with their own agendas and ideas for reform (one group, the Bolsheviks, was led by Lenin, later to head the Soviet regime following the revolution of 1917 which ended Tsarist rule). In August 1905 Nicholas II agreed to the formation of a ‘Duma’ (parliament), but it soon became clear that this did not allow as much power to the ... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Chekhov's Characters Many of Chekhov’s plays and stories (including The Cherry Orchard) deal with characters who have become disillusioned with their middle class lives. Once great estates have crumbled they are often forced to sell off large amounts of land. Chekhov’s characters also often display a characteristic often said to be peculiar to Russians known as ‘Oblomovism,’ named after a character of incredible lethargy in Goncharov’s novel Oblomov. A general state of disinterested... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0100 An Opportunity for New Playwrights If you are interested in writing for theatre and would like the opportunity to receive advice and support from the experts, this course is for you. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Actors share their memories in support of the REPair appeal Simon Callow, Janet Suzman, Liza Goddard, James Dreyfus and David Sterne share their memories of performing at The REP and explain why they’re so excited about the planned improvements to The REP’s building. See their videos Find out more about the REPair appeal Share your REP memories Tue, 27 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0100 It's Festival Time for The Theatre of Grime! This summer we’re thrilled to be performing our show 8SIXTEEN32 by The Decypher Collective at Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Suffolk on Sunday 17th July. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Toy Theatre Festival Takes Off! Last week at The REP, five Birmingham Primary Schools joined us in The Door to take part in our Toy Theatre Festival. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Bargain hunters take to the stage! We have now totted up the total amount raised by our Grand Sale of costume and props. The day was a huge success with over 600 people coming in to have a rummage and walk away with a bargain. The item which sold for the highest price was this original black and gold military costume worn by Richard Chamberlain in the 1969 production of Hamlet, which went for over £110.In total the sale raised over £8500 towards the REPair appeal Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Jam House lineup announced We are thrilled to announce the lineup of our fourth Jam House fundraising gig. Following the success of our last 3 nights of rock, pop, soul and blues, this fourth outing looks to be the best yet! Find out about the bands. Featuring bands from many local businesses, including a band of serving firefighters, book your tickets today to ensure your place at this popular event. Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Signsational at The REP On Saturday 10 July, The REP will be hosting a performance by *InteGreat*, a new local theatre company for both Deaf and hearing adults. Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0100 The REP's Secret Garden at Gardeners' World Live! Free face-painting for children this weekend Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Grand Sale provides a chance to rummage through The REP's Wardrobe! Fancy the opportunity to rummage through The REP's wardrobe and bag a piece of theatrical history? Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Extra Charlie & Lola Seats Just Released! Due to high demand we've just released a few extra seats for all remaining performances of "Charlie And Lola": Thu, 03 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Josie Lawrence Celebrates Her Memories Of The REP Birmingham born actress Josie Lawrence made a special appearance at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday (14 May 2010) to help launch The REP’s Memories Campaign. Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Noises Off Video & Photographs Now Online We've added a Noises Off highlights video and a selection of photographs to the website to give you a flavour of this brilliant show Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 The REP Revealed We have just published *The REP Revealed* - a new brochure which celebrates our achievements to date and our aspirations for the future. Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 REPair Appeal launch The REPair appeal has been launched today to raise £50,000 towards air cooling in the main house and Door. Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Autumn & Winter 2010 Now On Sale We've just announced our season of theatre for Autumn & Winter 2010, and tickets are now on sale. Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Education Officer Makes Imaginary Friends Education Officer Fiona King has been making puppet parts for children and their families to make and decorate their very own ‘imaginary friends’ at the *Charlie & Lola* Family Day. Children will also take part in a drama and movement workshop, and the Library of Birmingham Centre for the Child are popping over to do some story telling. Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Share your REP Memories with us We’d love to hear your REP memories and share them with others on our website and in our foyer. Which show was your favourite? Was there a performer you’ll never forget or a set that stole the show? Wed, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Blog For Birmingham Now that Birmingham has been shortlisted for the title *UK City of Culture 2013*, you can help win the bid by taking part in a special *Blogging Event* on Fri 23 & Sat 24 April Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 New Videos Just Added We've just added new video trailers to the "Respect": and "No Idea": pages of the website Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Bids To Be UK City of Culture 2013 We all know what a great place Birmingham is but now we’ve got a great opportunity to show it off to the world as it bids to become UK City of Culture in 2013. The REP is very proud to support this campaign and we’d like to encourage you to lend your support. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 What Will You Remember Most Fondly About The REP? In January 2011 The REP will close the doors on its current building for a change of scenery. To mark our temporary move offsite we’re creating an exhibition celebrating the past, present and future of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre company and your memories are a vital part. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Charlie & Lola Family Day Don't miss our special *Charlie & Lola Family Day* on Sat 5 June - puppet making, drama and storytelling activities for 3-7 year olds Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Arthur & George photographs and reviews We've just added a selection of production photographs to the "Arthur & George": page on our website Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Charlie & Lola's Best Bestest Play Gets Even Betterer We've just added two extra performances of "Charlie & Lola's Best Bestest Play": on *Sunday 6 June*. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Behna Live Webcast Sat 20 March If you weren't one of the lucky ones who managed to get a ticket for "Behna":, you can still catch the show live on the internet on Sat 20 March Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads star to appear in Noises Off We're very pleased to announce that Brigit Forsyth, well-known for her role as *Thelma* in _Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads_ will play Dotty Otley in our forthcoming production of "Noises Off": Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Behna Run Extended We are pleased to announce that we have just added six extra performances to the previously sold-out run of "Behna":, due to huge demand Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Yellow Academy Needs You Yellow Earth, the UK's leading East Asian theatre company, are looking for the next generation of talented British East Asian actors. Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Grass Routes:Cuttings Programme Announced We are pleased to announce the programme of work which will be showcased from our *Grass Routes* writers this March and April Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 A Military Two Step At The REP! To celebrate the opening of "Spike Milligan's Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall": at The REP, the cast will be playing hits from the show atop a World War II armoured vehicle outside The REP Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Happy Birthday ANLO! "A Night Less Ordinary":, The Arts Council’s FREE tickets for young people scheme, celebrates its first Birthday this month. To help celebrate, The REP is offering an entire week of FREE theatre for people aged 14 to 26 in addition to our usual FREE Friday offer. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Great Wyrley The novel and play of Arthur And George focus on the story of the ‘Great Wyrley Outrages,’ crimes, of which George Edalji is convicted and then pardoned. Great Wyrley (pronounced ‘wur-lee’) is a village in South Staffordshire, near to Cannock and Walsall. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 The Crimes At the turn of the 20th century the place was the scene of the ‘Great Wyrley Outrages,’ an incident involving six horse slashings at Plant Pit Meadow. a local solicitor, George Edalji, was convicted of the crimes in a miscarriage of justice, and was sentenced to seven years’ hard labour. Edalji’s family had been the victims of a long running campaign of untraceable abusive letters and anonymous harassment for several years prior to the ‘outrages.’ These le... Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Release And Pardon Edalji was released in 1906 after the Chief Justice in The Bahamas and several others had pleaded his case. But he was not pardoned, and the police kept him under surveillance. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was persuaded to ‘turn detective’ to prove Edalji’s innocence. This he acheived after eight months of work. Edalji was exonerated by a Home Office committee, although no compensation was awarded. The case is related in Conan Doyle’s The Story of Mr George Edalji (1907, ex... Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 The Wyrley Gang Local myth remembers the outrages to have been enacted by ‘The Wyrley Gang,’ although Conan Doyle believed they were the work of a single person, a local butcher’s boy and sometime sailor called Royden Sharp. Ironically, Conan Doyle’s suspicion was based on circumstantial evidence – it was an over-reliance on this typ of evidence which had resulted in Edalji’s flawed conviction. Poison pen letters in the name of the ‘Wyrley Gang’ continued for ... Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Cling To Me Like Ivy heads out on the road Our production of Samantha Ellis' brilliant new play *Cling To Me Like Ivy* is just setting out on it coming to a venue near you? Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 See how the Dancing At Lughnasa set was built "Dancing At Lughnasa": has just opened at The REP and we are so thrilled with the beautiful set design by Colin Richmond that we thought you might like to glimpse how it was put together Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Generous Sainsburys Staff Fundraise For The REP The staff and customers at the Sainsburys store on Broad Street in Birmingham have been working with The REP to raise an amazing £1300 towards our work. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 January to February January 20 – King george V dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. The title Prince of Wales is not used for another 22 years. February 4 – Radium E. becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically. February 6 – The IV Olympic Winter Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. February 17 – The First Superhero to ear a skin-tight costume and mask. The Phantom, makes his first appearance in U.S newspapers Febru... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 March to April March 1 – Construction of Hoover Dam in completed. March 7 – In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland. March 9 – Pro-democratic militarist Keisuke Okada steps down as Prime Minister of Japan and is replaced by radical militarist Koki Hirota. April 19 – The 1936-1939 Arab revolt in Palestine against the British government and opposition to Jewish immigration begins. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 May to June * May 2 - _Peter and the Wolf_, a Russian fairy tale of Sergei Prokofiev's composition, debuts at the Nezlobin Theatre in Moscow, Soviet Union.* May 5 - Italian forces occupy Addis Ababa* May 7 - Italy annexes Ethiopa* May 9 - Italian east Africa is formed from the Italian territories of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Italian Somaliland.* May 27 * The first flight by the Irish airline Aer Lingus takes place. * British luxury liner RMS _Queen Mary_ leaves Southampton ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 July to August July 13-14 – Peak of July 1936 heat wave: The U.S states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana all set new state records for high temperature. At Mio in nothern Michigan, it soars to 113 F (45 C). July 17 – The Army of Africa launches a coup d’etat against the Second Spanish Rebublic, beginning the Spanish Civil War. August 1 – The 1936 Summer Olympics open in Berlin, Germany, and mark the first live television coverage of a sports event in world history. Aug... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 September to October September – Franco-Syrian Treaty of Independance (1936) is signed. September 7 – The last surviving Tasmanian Tiger dies in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania October 25 – Rome-Berlin Axis in formed. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 November to December November 2 – The BBC launches the world’s first high-definition television sevice and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) begina radio in Canada November 3 – U.S presidential election, 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected to a second term in a landslide victory over Alf Landon. Farmers supports Roosevelt. November 23 – The first edition of Life Magazine is published. November 25 – The Abraham Lincoln Brigade sails from New York City on it... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Telford Teenagers Invited to Apply for the Experience of a Lifetime! An International Theatre Exchange to Canada for Young People aged 14-16 years old.Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Telford Find Your Talent are working together to send 12 Telford Young People aged 14 to 16 years to Canada to perform a brand new piece of theatre! Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Family Microsite Launched As part of our commitment to working with children and families, we are thrilled to announce that we have today launched an area of our website which is just for children Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 New one-way road behind The REP As part of the new Library of Birmingham development next to The REP, Cambridge Street, behind the theatre, becomes one-way on the section of road between Brindley Drive and the roundabout next to The ICC from Sun 7 February 2010. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Growing Growing Gone 9 January Cancelled We’re very sorry to announce that this Saturday’s (January 9th) performances of Growing Growing Gone have been cancelled. Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Send us your Snowman photographs! A few members of staff from The REP spent their lunchtime today building this gorgeous snowman - but we bet that you've done better at home! Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 A Decade At The REP In Pictures Having enjoyed various reviews of the decade in the media over the festive season we’ve ventured into our archives to pick out a selection of photographs from the last ten years to share with you. Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Poets Confirmed for Mohammed Ali's Writing On The Wall We're really excited to announce the lineup of poets who will perform as part of Mohammed Ali's one-off evening of live graffiti-art and poetry in The REP's due-to-be-demolished workshop in January Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Neighbourhood REP Art Class Exhibition Residents from our local neighbourhood have been meeting on Thursday mornings at The REP to take part in drawing and painting classes. Their latest work is now on display at The REP Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Scrooge Hosts Late Night Cabaret Event In Aid of Shelter Star of A Christmas Carol Peter Polycarpou, along with fellow actors will be hosting a special late night cabaret in aid of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter at The REP on Fri 18 December. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Birmingham Pupils Learn How To Design Theatres and Libraries Pupils from two Birmingham schools have been learning how to design theatres and libraries thanks to a special education project organised by Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Fright Night on Friday 8 Jan 2010 Do you dare to spend a night with The Ghosts of Christmas?There are some spooky goings on at The REP this festive season as A Christmas Carol brings its ghosts to our main house. We’re offering would be ghost hunters a chance to spend the night with us and find out more about the theatre ghosts and what happens when the auditorium empties.A once in a lifetime experience for brave souls only! Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Birmingham-based female performers wanted for site-specific show Following a successful run in London and Edinburgh, Mem Morrison Company and The REP are looking for up to thirty female volunteers to perform in their current production, "Ringside": Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0000 The Show Must Go On! Following the unfortunate cancellation of the first public preview of "A Christmas Carol": on Wednesday we are thrilled to announce that the show opened last night (Thu 26 Nov) to a packed auditorium. Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Christmas Gifts for Theatre Goers This Christmas buy a REP gift for the theatre lover in your life, or as a treat to yourself for a hard year's work! Thu, 26 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Tonight's Preview Performance of A Christmas Carol has been cancelled Unfortunately tonight's first preview performance of *A Christmas Carol* (Wed 25 November) has been cancelled due to one of the cast members suffering a fractured arm. Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000 An Early Christmas Present for 14 to 26 Year Olds If you are aged between 14 and 26 and love coming to the theatre then you'll be pleased to hear that we have a special Christmas treat for you. Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Fantastic Season For Spring And Summer 2010 Announced We've just announced our Spring and Summer 2010 season and tickets are now on sale. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Fun at the reindeer and lantern parade This weekend saw The REP take part in Birmingham's annual Reindeer and Lantern Parade Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Snowman Microsite Launched We've just launched a fabulous Snowman microsite, which includes lots of videos, photographs from the show Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000 What's happening around The REP and Centenary Square currently? If you've visited The REP recently you will have noticed that hoardings have started to go up around the site for the new Library of Birmingham Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Trick or Treat? The cast of A Christmas Carol bravely took on our Trick or Treat challenge Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Meet Bob The Builder Wed 28 October 11.30am - 3.30pmCome and learn about Birmingham's new library and meet a very special guest Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Festive Food at the wine REPublic The REP's restuarant and bar have Festive menus available for groups of all sizes this Christmas Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Work Experience 2010 We've just announced our Work Experience dates for Year 10 and 11 students for 2010. Find out more Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 REP's Children Celebrate Five Fabulous Years 25 children and their families celebrated their 5th birthdays in the spotlight at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this week. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Rehearsals begin for A Christmas Carol Rehearsals for our brand new adaptation of A Christmas Carol begin today and we are delighted to announce the full casting. Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Online Booking Unavailable Tue 20 Oct 8.30am-9am Our online booking system will be down for approximately 30 minutes on Tuesday 20 October from 8.30am until approximately 9am. Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 The REP hosts the 2009 WHITING AWARD The 2009 Whiting Award, supported by the Peter Wolff Trust, took place at The REP last night. The prestigious national playwriting award – a prize of £6000 presented by Peter Wolff – was awarded to Alexi Kaye Campbell for his debut play, The Pride. Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play was chosen from a total of 45 scripts which were submitted for consideration. The Pride was produced at the Royal Court Theatre in November 2008. Seven other plays made it on to the shortlist for the 2009 award in... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Scheduled Website Downtime Tonight The REP website will be down for maintenance for approximately one hour tonight, starting at midnight BST Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Christmas is coming... Celebrate in style with a Christmas Party at The REP. We’ll tailor make an evening to remember. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Snowman Colouring Competition winners Here are the winners of our Artsfest colouring competition Fri, 09 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 East Is East cast learn Bollywood Steps! This week the cast of *East Is East* tried out their Bollywood Steps Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Looking back to East Is East We’ve delved into the archives and found a selection of photos from the very first production of *East Is East*, which was right here at The REP in 1996 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Your chance to meet Edward Bond The world-famous playwright Edward Bond will be at the After Dark post-show discussion after the performance of *A Window* on Thu 22 October Thu, 01 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100 East Is East video and photographs now online We've just added a short "East Is East": highlights video and a selection of photographs from the production to the website, to give you a great flavour of the show Wed, 30 Sep 2009 00:00:00 +0100 What we did at Artsfest Part One It was fantastic to meet so many of you at Artsfest this weekend - if we took your picture with our Snowman, you might spot yourself here! Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 +0100 What we did at Artfest Part Two Some of the cast of "East Is East": performed scenes from the show at Bailey's Fish & Chip shop on Saturday Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Behind The Scenes On East Is East We've just added lots of photographs and a video interview from the East Is East rehearsal room Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:00:00 +0100 The REP at Artsfest 2009 Join us at Artsfest this weekend (12 and 13 September) for some very special events Thu, 10 Sep 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Another Award for Orphans The awards keep coming for Dennis Kelly's "Orphans": as it continues to wow the Edinburgh Fringe Mon, 17 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Orphans wins prestigious Fringe First award We are delighted to announce that "Orphans":, our new play which opened in Edinburgh this week, has been awarded a prestigious *Fringe First* Fri, 14 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Critics rave about Orphans in Edinburgh *Orphans*, our co-production with the Traverse Theatre, opened at the Edinburgh Festival this week prior to its run at The REP, and the rave reviews are flooding in Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Reality TV Finalist Lands Star Role In Hit Musical Cabaret SIOBHAN DILLON, the hugely popular finalist from the hit BBC series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, has been cast in the prestigious role of Sally Bowles for the forthcoming award-winning musical Cabaret which opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on September 2nd. SIOBHAN, from Lichfield, entered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for a West End star in 2006 and was watched by millions as she made it through to the finals, eventually finishing as a runner up to Connie Fisher. The 24-ye... Thu, 06 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 What Is Happening In 1971? Heath and the Conservatives are in power Mixed marriages are relatively uncommon The major population centres for the Pakistani community include London and Bradford Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 January to March January Charles Manson is convicted of murdering actress Sharon Tate and four others at her Beverley Hills home Designer Coco Chanel dies aged 87 in Paris A coup in Uganda overthrows President Obote and Idi Amin comes to power. He promotes himself to general and president In Moscow a Soviet Official rules that long hair is illegal February Two hundred football fans are crushed as crowd barriers at the Ibrox stadium in Glasgow collapse In London Enoch Powell predicts an ‘ex... Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 April to June April The Pakistan army exacts revenge on the rebels who declared East Pakistan to be the independent state of Bangladesh. Thousands are reported dead, foreigners are air lifted out of the country Figures in the UK show unemployment at 814,819, the highest since May 1940 May In New Delhi India appeals for urgent aid for 1.8 million Bangladesh refugees. There are fears that the monsoon rains will cause a cholera epidemic Labour makes big gains in local elections and takes over the ... Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 July to September July In London the government announces that crash helmets are to become compulsory for motorcyclists In Londonderry a 19 year old youth is killed in the worst rioting in two years Riot police on the French Riviera order hundreds of women to put their bikini tops back on In Japan 162 people die in the worst recorded plane crash US singer and trumpeter Louis Armstrong dies aged 71 The first heart and lung transplant is made in South Africa by Christian Barnard August The P... Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 October to December October The 100th victim of the troubles is Ulster is a girl aged 14. Urgent talks at Chequers between the Prime Minister Edward Heath and his Irish counterpart Jack Lynch are underway. Another 1500 troops are sent to the province Fears of a new terrorist campaign in the capital are sparked by a bomb blast which rips through the Post Office Tower Japanese Emperor Hirohito arrives on a state visit to Britain A cyclone in India kills over 5,000 people and destroys a million homes ... Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Sounds Of 1971 George Harrison: My Sweet Lord Mungo Jerry: In The Summertime Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water Elvis Presley: The Wonder Of You Middle of the Road: Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep Rod Stewart : Maggie May Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Belinda Lang to play Ella in East Is East We've just announced that the brilliant Belinda Lang will play Ella in this Autumn's production of *East Is East* Fri, 17 Jul 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Gig lineup announced We are thrilled to announce the line up of business bands playing The Jam House on Wednesday 22nd July, doing their bit in aid of The REP. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Facebook FB.init(“f23a07336261a484d45d0edfb3e426c0”);Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Facebook Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Car Parking at The REP The Civic Centre car park next to The REP will close permanently on Mon 6 July, as work begins on the new Library of Birmingham Fri, 03 Jul 2009 00:00:00 +0100 2 Young 2 Luv? Acclaimed writer Tanika Gupta has written a new play especially for our youth theatre The Young REP - don't miss it Wed, 10 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Announces Opportunities For Writers Sixteen established playwrights and new writers are to be offered unique opportunities to work with The REP over the forthcoming year. Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Autumn & Winter 2009 now on sale We have just announced our programme of theatre for Autumn and Winter 2009 - tickets for all shows are now available online Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Once On This Island Q: What is it about Once On This Island that interests you?A: I first saw the play when it was being performed in London over 15 years ago and fell in love with it musically, story telling wise; everything about it. It is a very well crafted piece of musical theatre that brings joy to your soul. As it is nearly 20 years old for me now it’s about bringing a 21st century approach to the play with regards to the culture depicted in the play. That has been the biggest thing to bring to the sta... Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100 The Gods Q: Why are the Gods important in the play?A: Gods are very important in Haitian culture. Haiti was a French colony island, and Catholicism was brought to the island. As with many cultures (including our own) there are pagan symbols within Christianity. In Haiti, Christianity was brought to the island, but there already existed the idea of the worship of the land, the worship of the sea. Haitians are people who live and die by the land; they live and die by weather that can devastate them in ... Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100 An Unhappy Ending? Q: In the story Ti Moune is rejected by Daniel and they don’t end up together. Do you still think it is a happy ending because she has helped to change things for the future?&A:* That is exactly what it is, this is a play about story telling and generations telling this story to remind people that these were the mistakes their ancestors made. The fact that they don’t end up together, but in future generations Daniel’s son and the young girl who is from a different caste do get toge... Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Challenges Q: What aspects of your role have you found most challenging?A: Once On this Island is a very celebrated, award-wining piece of musical theatre, so it isn’t something that you want to mess around with. However, what I really wanted to bring to it, particularly after talking to the performers and choreographer, was that I wanted to celebrate black culture, in a way that was a little bit more ‘rootsy’ than it had been done in the past. It was important that in 2009 that we didn’t repre... Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Call For Submissions for 2009 Whiting Award The Whiting Award, supported by the Peter Wolff Trust, will be hosted by The REP this Autumn and the award is now calling for plays to be submitted for consideration. Tue, 26 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Performance for babies just announced We've just added an extra show to our Summer programme - for two performances only *Out Of The Blue* is an enchanting new performance for babies Fri, 22 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Serious Money Production Photographs now online We've just added a selection of photographs from Serious Money to the website - take a look to get a real feel for the show Wed, 13 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Douglas Maxwell wins prestigious award for The Mothership Douglas Maxwell's play for young people *The Mothership*, first performed at The REP in 2008, has been awarded the Brian Way Award 2009 Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Collaboration Looking for Yoghurt is the result of a year long project between artists from Korea, Japan and the UK, bringing their skills, cultures and languages together. Simple but inventive staging, humour, live music and outstanding physical performances characterise this moving original story inspired by the wisdom of children, and following three young people in their battle against the fear of monsters and their search for a brighter future. Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Devising Workshops The first period of devising workshops took place in May 2008 in Seoul and Tokyo. Actors from all 3 countries worked together using improvisation methods to explore the key themes of the play and to enable the writers to develop the story and characters. They worked with children in schools in both Korea and Japan to draw out their views on personal and global issues as well as stimulating their creative responses to their fears and concerns. In particular they explored the nature of mons... Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Working with Birmingham Schools The project continued with writers’ sessions in Okinawa, during the Kijimuna Festa 2008, and following casting, a further residency, to continue devising the play with the final cast working together with the director, writers, a composer and musician in Birmingham in October 08. At this time, a group of children from two Birmingham Primary Schools, (Chandos and Reaside) worked with the team as part of the process, and from this, with funding from Bright Space (Creative Partnerships), deve... Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Rehearsals Rehearsals are taking place in Korea and Birmingham in April and May 09 and the premiere will be at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, week commencing 15th May 09. Further performances will be presented at Spark Festival of arts for young people in Leicester, June 09, in Seoul in July 09 and at the Kijimuna Festa in Okinawa in August 09. Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Developing the Play How did you develop the piece that has become Looking for Yoghurt?The idea grew out of a previous production The Bridge, a bi-lingual piece with Korean and UK actors that my company had developed. This time there were three countries collaborating: Japan, Korea and UK and three producers; and it was extremely important to us that the collaboration was equal. This ‘equality’ became a theme through both the process and the story, that we were ‘equal but different’; the perfect triangle... Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Workshops We worked for two weeks in each country with groups of children and we noticed a real pattern when we improvised bridging that gap: they made contact, followed by playing together and then they would make a friendship. We asked them the ‘big’ questions – ‘How do you save the world?’ ‘How do you avoid war?’ We asked them what they were worried about and what were their big issues. We noticed a common ground between the countries around war, environment, safety, too many rules a... Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Recruiting the Actors What qualities did you look for in your actors?In the auditions we looked for actors who had an ability to express themselves physically / non verbally as well as an openness; we needed actors who would be able to throw themselves into it as it was going to be a complicated process. Each character has their own quality but all of them have to be able to reflect the energy of children in their performances. Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 The Process The process as you say was complicated, how did it work?We had lots of translators. Although there was a shortcut of English as a number of people spoke a little English, we didn’t want to go down that route as it wouldn’t have given equality to the process. Improvisations were a mix of non verbal and with actors using their own languages. Discussions took more time as each suggestion or comment had to be said/ translated three times before it could be responded to. It did however give ... Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 The Title Where did the title of the show come from?During an improvisation it was used and it stuck. Yoghurt is one of the few words that means the same in all three languages. Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 What Next? What happens next?In a couple of weeks we go back to Seoul for three weeks rehearsal with the set etc, then we come to Birmingham for the final week of rehearsals in The Door. Then its production week and on the 15th we open here at The REP. On 2nd June we transfer to Leicester for the Spark Children’s Festival and then at the beginning of July we fly out to Korea to perform there. We finish in August in Japan at the Kijimuna Festa (Arts Festival) which brings the story full circle as this... Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Cloud Nine Caryl Churchill first achieved prominence as a playwright in 1979 with Cloud Nine, a play set partly in a British colony in the Victorian era which examines the relationships involved in colonisation, and uses cross-gender casting for comic and instructive effect. Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Top Girls and The Striker Churchill developed her feminist theme further in Top Girls (1982) with an all-female cast, focusing on Marlene, who has sacrificed a home and family life to achieve success in the world of business. In The Skriker (1994), Churchill follows an ancient and shapeshifting death portent (The Skriker) in her search for love, revenge and human understanding. The play explores global ecology through gender, storytelling, distorted language and modern urban life. Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Serious Money Serious Money (1987) is a verse play that takes a satirical look at the stock market and received enormous acclaim, partly because it played immediately after the stock market crash of 1987. Her 2002 play, A Number, addresses human cloning and was adapted for television in September 2008. Her other work for television plays for the BBC, includes The After Dinner Joke (1978) and Crimes (1982). She has also published a translation of Seneca’s Thyestes and her new version of August Strind... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Seven Jewish Children The Royal Court Theatre recently launched a 70th Birthday retrospective of Caryl Churshill’s work by presenting readings of many of her most famous plays. In January 2009, Churchill wrote Seven Jewish Children — a play about Gaza, a ten minute history of Israel, ending with the Israeli attack on Gaza, which was performed free at the Royal Court. The play was then published online, for free download and use. Churchill stated: “Anyone can perform it without acquiring the rights,... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Background Information Background Information Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 The Director's Approach How have you and the team approached the directing process?Jonathan [Munby – Director of Serious Money] has promoted a strong sense of collaboration from the production. The set design accurately reflects the world of the stock exchange and we’ve tried very hard to not make the production too much of a nostalgia piece which is why for example we haven’t used any 1980s music because that would evoke an audience’s own personal memories which may lose them from the story. Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Challenges What have been the challenges whilst directing this production?The story has been challenging to tell as it is effectively about a young man’s suicide and the potential take over of a small British firm, but whilst doing that we have had to try to portray the world and the atmosphere of the 1980s through the perspective of the world of banking. I think that while merging those two things it could be very easy for it to become a nostalgic or dated piece so we’ve tried to avoid that. One r... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Parallels With Today Will audiences be able to draw parallels between the time the play was written and what’s happening in the global economy now?I think it’s a case of allowing the audience to form their own opinion and to take their own journey whilst watching the play while also allowing them to almost learn lessons from it. We’ve gone through such a financial bust recently and I think that seeing such an exponential boom played out in front of them will hopefully make the audience consider their own p... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Writing in Rhyme Has the way in which the play is written in rhyme presented any problems? How have the actors found it working with such an unusual script?The language is very heightened and artificial which is a decision Caryl Churchill made to reflect the artificial world these bankers were living in. I think it’s a great dramatic device, but the characters do need to appear realistic to the audience. The language is heightened but there’s a truth and very much a realism to those people even though wh... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Serious Satire Are we as an audience supposed to sympathise with any of the characters or are they purely satirical?The play is absolutely a satire and I think a good example of the dichotomy of responses that this play can provoke is that when it initially opened in 1987 in the West End some banks bought the whole of the theatre for the evening for their employees; they thought it was absolutely wonderful and saw it as a total celebration of their world. Of course people who weren’t associated with that... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Gender Representation What do you think about the representation of gender in the play? Do you think that men and women are characterised in a particular way?The play represents a very masculine world and I think because of that the more interesting characters are the females because how they interact in a very masculine world is somehow more interesting. I think that to get on in that world women did need to play by the rules of success and those rules weren’t necessarily orientated around traditional ideas of... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Big Bang Can you tell us a little bit about Big Bang (the event that the play is based around)?Big Bang occurred on 27th of October 1986. It was when the stock exchange was deregulated. Previously all the exchanges took place on this huge trading floor and there were traders everywhere shouting at each other. That was completely changed when big bang occurred because all of that face to face trading (which was called open outcry trading) changed to being carried out on a computer and people interact... Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Philip Pullman makes cameo appearance in His Dark Materials *His Dark Materials* author Philip Pullman made a surprise cameo appearance in the stage show last night, as our production reached his home town of Oxford Thu, 30 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Does anything ever really change? As we get close to opening night of "Serious Money": we've started wondering: "Does anything ever really change?" Let us know what you think. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Become a fan of The REP on Facebook We've just launched our "official Facebook page": - if you're a Facebook user, "become a fan":! Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Serious Money rehearsal photographs now online The wonderful cast of *Serious Money* are well into the rehearsal period - take a look at how they are bringing the hectic excitement of the 1980s trading room floor to life Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Royal Court Theatre Churchill was appointed resident dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre from 1974-1975 and went on to collaborate with a number of theatre companies including Joint Stock and Monstrous Regiment (a feminist theatre union) which used improvisation and extended workshop periods in the development of their plays. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Early plays Whilst raising a family Churchill began to write short plays for radio including The Ants (1962), Not, Not, Not, Not Enough Oxygen (1971), and Schreber’s Nervous Illness(1972). In1972 she wrote, her first stage play, Owners. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Don't miss your chance to make Kontakt... This week The REP's youth theatre The Young REP will put on an extraordinary performance at The Old Rep theatre in Birmingham Mon, 06 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Advanced notice - Online Booking not available Fri 3 April 5am - 8am Due to essential maintenance, our online booking facility won't be available on Fri 3 April between 5am and 8pm Thu, 02 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Designs for new Library of Birmingham integrated with The REP unveiled Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, today unveiled the design concepts for the new Library of Birmingham by the internationally acclaimed Dutch architects Mecanoo Architecten. Thu, 02 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 His Dark Materials audience reactions A new short video on our website shows just how much audiences are enjoying *His Dark Materials* Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100 His Dark Materials Part One production photographs now online We've just added a selection of photographs from Part One to the website to give you a flavour of the production Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 The REP links Birmingham teachers with Cape Town The REP has been instrumental in sending teachers from Robin Hood Primary School to Cape Town as part of a new collaborative project inspired by *Once On This Island* Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 His Dark Materials Family Day On Sat 4 April, 12-15 year olds can join in drama, puppetry or art workshops at The REP, based on the themes of *His Dark Materials* Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 His Dark Materials Rehearsal Photographs Now Online Our new production of *His Dark Materials* is one of the most ambitious projects ever staged at The REP - and Part One of the two-part drama opens *this Friday* 13 March. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 St Patrick's Day at the Wine REPublic Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early, on Sat 14 March at The REP's bar *Wine REPublic* Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Philip Pullman at The REP Philip Pullman will be at The REP for a very special event on Tue 24 March Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Have Your Say - Theatre For Young People There has been lots of debate in the national and international arena about theatre for young people. We feel that it's vital to get involved in this conversation, and we want to hear from you. Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 These Four Streets on tour After its successful run in The Door, *These Four Streets* is now on tour across the region Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000 About Will What is your role on the production? Will As Assistant Director I work alongside the two main directors, Rachel Kavanaugh and Sarah Esdaile. They set me specific tasks and I support them accordingly. I am currently doing an M.A in Theatre Directing, and I’m augmenting my studies by doing a trainee directorship here at The REP, and I’m here on placement for a year. I thought it would be very useful for me to get a deeper understanding of the craft of directing through working with... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Rehearsals Talk me through a typical day in rehearsal Will Typically, the day starts with sitting down with the two directors, Rachel and Sarah, and talking about the focus of the day and whether we are going to change any of the calls for the actors. By this I mean whether we are going to stick to the running order of scenes or whether any new priorities have emerged. Then we’ll systematically work through the scenes. I’ll often be involved in very practical things like remembering how we have bl... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Preparing for the production What preparation did you do before starting work on this production? Will I read the novels and now I’m reading them again. I chose not to see the film. I think film as an art-form is very different to theatre, theatre is more gestural, more imaginative in how it tells the story and I didn’t want to be influenced by the film. For example, in the theatre version a bear is represented by a bear head on an actor’s hand, and of course, it is making no pretence to be real, but it is... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Religion And Faith What do you think the message of Pullman’s trilogy is? Will I think these books can come under a lot of criticism for being ‘God bashing’ and I don’t think that is fair. All they do is question, and encourage an inquisitive mind, regarding our relationship with religion as individuals. I think Pullman encourages exploration and the opening of doors rather than condemning religion. I also think this book is about power. It encourages one to reflect upon how societies and indiv... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Vote For The REP In The BOBs! If you love The REP as much as we love you, then please vote for us as the 'Best Arts And Entertainments Venue' in the Best Of Broad Street awards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 All new piano and cocktail nights in the wine REPublic Every Friday and Saturday starting from Valentine's Day! Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 David Oluwale trailer and photographs now online *The Hounding Of David Oluwale* has just opened at West Yorkshire Playhouse before it transfers to The REP - take a look at the new video and photographs of the production to get a taste of what to expect Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Tickets Available for An Inspector Calls Matinee, Sat 7 February Due to a cancellation, a large number of tickets have just become available for this Saturday afternoon's performance of *An Inspector Calls*. Wed, 04 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Free Tickets for 14-26 year olds We've just announced the full details of our free tickets for 14-26 year olds scheme, which is part of Arts Council England's *A Night Less Ordinary* scheme. Sun, 01 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Website Downtime We just wanted to give you advance notice that our website will be down for a few hours in the early hours of Sunday 1 February. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Two Magical Shows Announced for Christmas 2009 We have today announced not one but *two* Christmas shows for 2009/10, following our most successful Christmas ever. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Extra His Dark Materials performances added Due to huge demand for tickets, we are pleased to announce that we have extended our run of Philip Pullman's *His Dark Materials* by a week. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Free Theatre For 14-26 Year Olds From February 2009 The REP will be offering free tickets to 14-26 year olds as part of a nationwide government-funded initiative to encourage young people to go to the theatre Fri, 19 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 We're Jammin' Join us at The Jam House on 11 February 2009 to hear four bands and raise funds for The REP at the same time Fri, 12 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Spring & Summer 2009 Now On Sale We are delighted to announce the new season for Spring and Summer 2009 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 The REP Is Officially Family Friendly The REP is the first organisation in Birmingham to have been awarded the new Family Friendly kitemark by Birmingham City Council's Arts & Young People Team Mon, 01 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Evacuees Arrive On Board The Narnia Express *The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe* opened to packed houses this week - we caught up with some of the evacuees as they arrived in Birmingham Thu, 27 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0000 These Four Streets Writer Wins Prestigious Prize Naylah Ahmed, one of the writers of our forthcoming production *These Four Streets* has won the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition Fri, 21 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0000 A Few Tickets Just Released For Enjoy A handful of tickets have just become available for tonight's (Mon 10 Nov) performance of *Enjoy* Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Lady From The Sea Designer Wins Prestigious Award Designer Mike Britton has been announced as the winner of the TMA Theatre Award for Best Set Design for The REP's recent production of Ibsen's *The Lady From The Sea*. Wed, 29 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Cowboy Runner Raises Funds For The REP Matt Page ran in Birmingham’s First Half Marathon in aid of The REP on Sunday 26th October dressed as a cowboy Tue, 28 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0000 War Veterans Put Actor Through His Paces Actor Joseph Alessi entertained members of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association in order to prepare for his performance in "Privates On Parade": Fri, 24 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Rising Stars of Street Music Take To The Stage An innovative new show at The REP is putting street music performers centre stage to pioneer Grime Theatre Fri, 17 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Be A Part Of The Magic This Christmas We are holding Open Auditions for performers to be 'extras' in *The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe* this Christmas Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Work Experience Are you a Year 10 or 11 student look for a Work Experience placement for Summer 2009?We offer a limited number of placements each year Thu, 09 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Acclaimed artist Goonism to join groundbreaking show Acclaimed artist *Goonism* will create a piece of artwork in The REP foyer during every performance of Polarbear's show *If I Cover My Nose You Can't See Me* next week. Tue, 07 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Lady From The Sea Designer Nominated For TMA Award Mike Britton, Set and Costume Designer for our recent production of *The Lady From The Sea* has been nominated for a Theatrical Management Association award Mon, 06 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Wuthering Heights Performance Cancelled We have unfortunately had to cancel this evening's (Mon 6 October) performance of *Wuthering Heights* as lead actress Susannah York has been struck down by acute laryngitis. Mon, 06 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 View and print a traditional brochure You can find all the most up-to-date information about The REP's performances and events on this website, but we know that some people prefer to have a copy of our traditional brochure to refer to aswell. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Wuthering Heights production photographs now online *Wuthering Heights* is now open in the Main House, and we've posted some stunning photographs from the production Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Army Tread The Boards At The REP The *At The Gates Of Gaza* cast had to call in the Army this week for some very special drill classes Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Please be our YouTube friend! Our YouTube channel is looking for new friends - if you want to be the first to know when we add new videos to our page then make friends with us today Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Traffic restrictions around The REP 28 Sep to 1 Oct The Conservative Party Conference will take place at the International Convention Centre next to The REP from *Sun 28 Sep to Wed 1 Oct 2008*. During this time there will be some traffic and parking restrictions in the immediate vicinity of The REP. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Win Tickets To Narnia Have a go at our colouring competition, open to all children aged 14 and under - winners will receive a family ticket to see *The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe*! Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Join Us For The World's Biggest Coffee Morning The Rotary Club of Birmingham Breakfast invite you to join them for coffee in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, on Fri 26 September. Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Culture Secretary Visits The REP The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Andy Burnham MP visited Birmingham Repertory Theatre today, for a tour behind the scenes looking at the work the theatre does with young people and new writers. Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Wuthering Heights rehearsal photos now online The *Wuthering Heights* cast have been rehearsing in London for the past few weeks, but rehearsals have today moved to The REP for the final phase of preparations. Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Be Bowled Over At Artsfest The stars of *Cabaret* will give a very special performance at this year's ArtsFest - and the event is FREE to attend! Thu, 04 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Just a few tickets remaining for the hottest show in town *Cabaret* is playing to packed houses here at The REP, but there are a few tickets remaining - don't miss your chance to see this musical extravaganza Wed, 03 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0100 The REP at Artsfest Join The REP at ArtsFest - the UK's biggest free arts festival13-14 September 2008. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Award Nomination & Sell-Out Shows at Edinburgh! The acting company for Simon Stephens’ play Pornography, has been nominated for an award at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have nominated the company for a Best Ensemble Award. Now in their 14th year, the Stage Awards are the only honours for professional theatre presented by a national UK publication at the Fringe. Congratulations to the Pornography company – we await the announcement of the winners wi... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Further Casting Announced on Wuthering Heights Susannah York will play Nellie Dean in the Emily Bronte classic Thu, 07 Aug 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Pornography gets a critical Thumbs-Up in Edinburgh Our co-production of *Pornography* opened this week in Edinburgh and the glowing reviews are flooding in - we've gathered a few of the best bits here. Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Going Dutch Birmingham City Council announces Netherlands based Mecanoo as Library of Birmingham architect Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Get the hottest news from The REP direct to your desktop Be one of the first to find out all the news from The REP - direct to your desktop. Mon, 04 Aug 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Interview with Pornography writer Simon Stephens Simon Stephens' play *Pornography* is at The REP this September. Read a revealing interview with the writer in today's Daily Telegraph. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Samantha Barks to play Sally Bowles *Samantha Barks*, the hugely popular finalist from the hit BBC series _I'd Do Anything_ has been cast in the prestigious role of Sally Bowles for the tour of *Cabaret* Mon, 28 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Pornography Trailer now online The video trailer for *Pornography* is now online, to give you a flavour of this incredible new play by Simon Stephens. Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Young REP Summer School The REP's youth theatre, The Young REP, are running a summer project culminating in a performance at The Old Rep Theatre. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0100 The Perfect Heathcliff? Gordon Brown has today likened himself to Bronte's dark, brooding Heathcliff from *Wuthering Heights*... but who would be your perfect Heathcliff? Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0100 'Protect The Human' Playwriting Competition An exciting opportunity for playwrights ... Tue, 08 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0100 We've found our Cathy! We're delighted to announce that Amanda Ryan, best-known as Carrie in _Shameless_ will play Cathy in *Wuthering Heights*. Tue, 08 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Grab a piece of Our House Calling all *Our House* fans! Your chance to bid for an exclusive giant *Our House* poster... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Transmissions Is 10! The Transmissions Festival of theatre by young playwrights is 10 years old! To celebrate, we’ve brought together a glorious festival of the best from the last 10 years, mixed up with new commissions from Transmissions alumni and plays written in schools across the region, all performed over four nights this week and next. Transmissions was designed to nurture the work of playwrights between the ages of 12 and 26. Originally founded in 1998 it has produced many budding playwrights who ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0100 The More The Merrier This Autumn we have launched a new discount package The More The Merrier, that encourages you to come to as much theatre as you like, to see whatever you want, and rewards you for doing so. Whether you bring a group of friends to that ‘must-see’ show or you prefer to come with a partner or on your own to watch a selection of shows throughout the season – as long as you’re buying six or more tickets overall and at the same time, you’ll receive £5 off each Main H... Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0100 YMCA Get In On The Act This week The REP has been working with a group from YMCA Northfield, to create a brand new performance called Coming Home. Inspired by our Main House show Our House, this devised performance of theatre, music and film explores what we call ‘home’, and will be performed at our Open Day tomorrow, 7 June, at 4pm and 8pm. Tickets are completely FREE but must be booked in advance through the Box Office on 0121 236 4455, or in person when visiting the Open Day. Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Autumn & Winter 2008/9 Announced! We have just announced our Autumn and Winter 2008/9 season, and with striking new literary adaptations alongside bold new commissions, it’s set to feature a greater diversity of voices than ever before. And for the very first time we have launched our season online, on this brand new website. Here you’ll find full details of all of our upcoming shows, choose your own seats and book online, and even book and pay for your pre-theatre meal before many Main House performances. Rache... Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Cabaret Casino Package Buy the *Cabaret Casino Package* for just £60 per person, and you can book the best seats available for the *Cabaret* performance of your choice AND join us for a Fun casino night being held on Friday 29 August, hosted by Grosvenor Casino.Grosvenor Casino, our sponsor for *Cabaret*, is keen to support the success of the show and the future of The REP in general, so in addition to their sponsorship donation they're hosting an event to help raise funds for the theatre.The fun casino ... Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Cabaret Casting Dancer and actor Wayne Sleep is to star in Cabaret when the show opens its national tour here at The REP. The former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet will be playing the role of Emcee – a role which he previously played in the 1986 West End production. Mon, 02 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Musical Madness For X-Factor Winner Steve He’s famous as the first winner of the UK’s biggest talent search and for falling out with its creator Simon Cowell. Now Steve Brookstein will be centre stage once again appearing in the award-winning musical Our House at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 29 May to 21 June. Written by Tim Firth, the musical uses the music of Madness to tell the story of youngster Joe Casey, with Steve Brookstein appearing as his Dad. And Steve is thrilled to be making his first appearance in a ... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:00:00 +0100 It's tea Bollywood style for Birmingham resident Ashram Housing Resident Amina Yassin got to meet stars of the stage in Birmingham – thanks to a unique partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Mrs Yassin, from Saltley, was given an exclusive backstage tour of the set of the fantastic play Rafta, Rafta and got to take tea with the stars of the show Ronny Jhutti and Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi. Ashram and Accord Housing Associations have formed a partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre to encourage residents from different nei... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:00:00 +0100 REP Hails Library Of Birmingham Plans Birmingham Repertory Theatre today welcomes plans for a joint development of the theatre with the new Library of Birmingham to create an internationally unique centre of culture and knowledge in Centenary Square. The plans, which are unveiled today by Birmingham City Council, follow several years of discussions between The REP and the city council over the possible use of the car-park adjacent to the theatre. The result is an exciting joint development that will link the new Library of Birm... Fri, 07 Mar 2008 00:00:00 +0000