New Season Announced For Autumn And Winter 2017
We've just announced our Autumn and Winter 2017 season. Our programme from September features the world premières of Nativity! The Musical, Douglas Maxwell's latest play, The Whip Hand and a new commission from Birmingham writer Steven Camden (aka Polarbear), I Knew You. The new season also marks a significant and ambitious moment for The REP's future, for artists and audiences.
Opening with the National Theatre's acclaimed production of Jane Eyre, the season also features a revival of Duet For One starring Jemma Redgrave and Oliver Cotton plus a new spectacular staging for Christmas, The Hundred And One Dalmatians. February sees a major revival of Terence Rattigan's, The Winslow Boy directed by former REP artistic director, Rachel Kavanaugh.
Coinciding with the launch of a new season, we have also announced a new and ambitious fundraising campaign, REP First, to raise £1 million over the next three years to ensure the sustainability of The REP for future generations.
As Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director explains:
“One of the things that makes me proud of The REP is our pioneering spirit; our burning commitment to secure the theatre for future audiences and artists.
“That's what inspired us to embark upon an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £1 million over the next three years. This money will allow us to continue to support new work, new artistic talent and to grow new audiences.
“Our autumn season contains many great examples of the work that REP First will support – the world premieres of Nativity! The Musical, Douglas Maxwell's brilliant new play, The Whip Hand, local writer Steven Camden's second play, I Knew You and three outstanding plays by first time writers.
“Elsewhere I'm proud that audiences beyond Birmingham will get to see three outstanding REP productions on tour. What Shadows, Chris Hannan's play about Enoch Powell featuring Ian McDiarmid will enjoy runs in Edinburgh and London, Looking For John Tony Timberlake's tribute to Olympic Gold medallist, John Curry, runs for a month at the Edinburgh Fringe and The Snowman celebrates its 20th anniversary in the West End as well touring across the UK.”
We're delighted to be presenting several new plays by Foundry graduates in The DOOR throughout the season: Delightful, (sorry), Baby Daddy and A Dangerous Woman debut with us – a remarkable range of young, local, female talent that has emerged through our artists' development programme.
Our Autumn and Winter season programme also welcomes a wide-range of brilliant touring shows that explore theatrical form including the critically acclaimed Man To Man starring Maggie Bain and a new opera, The Golden Dragon from Music Theatre Wales.
We're certainly in the festival spirit here, collaborating with some fantastic events this Autumn. We present Notorious as part of Fierce Festival and welcome back BEDLAM: The Festival Of Divine Madness. SHOUT Festival also returns to The REP with And The Rest Of Me Floats and Medea, and we are thrilled to be part of the second Birmingham Weekender, presenting As A Tiger In The Jungle.
The Autumn and Winter 2017 season is now on sale to members. General booking opens on Friday 26 May.