Birmingham Rep

50 Years of History

As we celebrate 50 years on Centenary Square, join us as we look back at some of the many memorable moments and plays. Click on a year below to discover more.

2021

The REP Celebrates 50 years on Centenary Square
2021

2020

The Faustus story is reworked in Faustus: That Damned Woman
2020

2019

Sean Foley is appointed Artistic Director
2019

2018

Penguins charms the REP'S youngest audiences
2018

2017

One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, has the audience on its feet
2017

2016

Ramps on the Moon is launched
2016

2015

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe becomes The REP's most successful production to date!
2015

2014

REP ambassador Lenny Henry stars in Rudy's Rare Records
2014

2013

The Foundry, a development programme for theatre artists, is established
2013

2012

Forests produced in association with Barcelona Internacional Teatro and RSC
2012

2011

Roxana Silbert appointed as Artistic Director
2011

2010

Arthur & George receives its world premiere
2010

2009

Rachel Kavanaugh directs a two-part stage adaptation of His Dark Materials
2009

2008

Wayne Sleep stars as the Emcee in Cabaret
2008

2007

Sean Foley plays Sigmund Freud in Hysteria
2007

2006

Rachael Kavanaugh appointed first female Artistic Director of The REP
2006

2005

Kwame Kwei-Armah stars in Elmina’s Kitchen
2005

2004

REP’s Children initiative is launched
2004

2003

The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett opens
2003

2002

Stephanie Beecham wears one of the most expensive costumes in The REP's history for Elizabeth Rex
2002

2001

Matthew Kelly receives an Olivier Award
2001

2000

Indhu Rubasingham directs an exuberant adaptation of The Ramayana
2000

1999

Simon Callow directs The Pajama Game
1999

1998

Bryony Lavery's Frozen opens
1998

1997

A Tainted Dawn marks the 50th anniversary of India’s partition
1997

1996

Ayub Khan Din’s East is East opens
1996

1995

A double bill of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Congreve's Way of the World
1995

1994

European premiere of Caribbean musical Once on This island, directed by Gwenda Hughes
1994

1993

The first performance of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman
1993

1992

World premiere of Biko
1992

1991

Princess Margaret attends a gala performance of The Threepenny Opera
1991

1990

Gwenda Hughes directs When We Are Married
1990

1989

The community play Heartlanders is staged
1989

1988

The Renaissance Company takes up residency in the Studio
1988

1987

John Burrows’ One Big Blow
1987

1986

The Sir Barry Jackson Trust's income is boosted
1986

1985

Clive Perry sets up the first Young Company
1985

1984

World premiere of Origin of the Species by Bryone Lavery
1984

1983

British premiere in April of Arthur Miller’s play The American Clock
1983

1982

Strictly Entre Nous has its world premiere
1982

1981

Leonard Bernstein’s opera Candide opens the tenth anniversary gala
1981

1980

The Christmas production is Worzel Gummidge
1980

1979

The Duchess of Malfi opens
1979

1978

In the Studio, the cast of world premiere of David Edgar’s play Mary Barnes
1978

1977

Bill Pryde directs The Seed
1977

1976

Alan Rickman and David Suchet star in Sherlock Holmes
1976

1975

Trinity Tales has its world premiere
1975

1974

British premiere of Blues, Whites and Reds
1974

1973

Up Spaghetti Junction
1973

1972

The REP's new studio theatre 'The Brum' opens
1972

1971

The REP’s new theatre on Centenary Square opens
1971
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