What's In A Name? - Birmingham Rep
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You are invited to take a seat at the table for a riotously funny evening that questions if what we're called reflects who we truly are.

Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.

The meal is lovingly prepared and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they've come to expect.

But tonight a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent's expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. Tonight no one is holding back! Egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.

Can their friendship survive tonight's vicious name calling and home truths? And how well did they ever really know each other? One thing's for certain, their relationships are about to change forever!

Adapted by British theatre director, writer and translator Jeremy Sams from award-winning French film and stage sensation Le Prénom, What's In A Name? is a comic masterpiece receiving its British premiere at The REP.



Nigel Harman                              Sarah Hadland                              Jamie Glover


Olivia Poulet                               Raymond Coulthard


Creative Team
Director and Adaptor Jeremy Sams
Designer Francis O'Connor
Lighting Designer Rick Fisher
Sound Designer Dan Hoole
Casting Director Gabby Dawes CDG


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A genuine pleasure to see these fine comic actors spar at speed through an often breathtakingly funny 90 minutes

Sunday Times

Slick, witty dialogue and tag-team precision by a taut cast are entertaining


I believe this REP UK premiere has ‘Olivier’ written all over it….Catch it if you can – it cannot be recommended highly enough

Bromsgrove Standard

"This cracking Birmingham Rep production [...] deserves a longer run... great fun

Daily Mail

The year is still young but you will be hard pushed to find a better comedy this year and probably next as well if it comes to that

Behind the Arras

Utterly hilarious

Broadway World

I seriously suggest everyone go and see this

The Gay UK

A brash, funny, warm and charmingly told story, well worth seeing

Brum Hour

Deserves to be seen. It is, quite simply, sublime

The Reviews Hub

The dialogue hurtles across the stage, evoking every audience response from belly laughter to shocked silence

What's On Stage

Rattles along at a fabulous pace

Birmingham Mail

A thoroughly entertaining evening

What's On

Absolutely impeccable

Express & Star

With impeccable comedy timing and a truly excellent cast, this laugh-out-loud play surprises the audience time and time again

Love Midlands Theatre

A warm, engaging and stomach-achingly funny show... completely unmissable

The Business Desk

Riotous...well written sidesplitter

The Birmingham Press

An endless stream of laughter through a prism of sharp social satire, expertly performed by a top-notch cast of comedic actors

Bum On A Seat

Company & Creatives
Ticket Information

From £15 (subject to availability).
Previews (27-30 January) and matinee on 9 February from £10.
Group, family, disabled and school rates available via our box office.

Fees and Charges

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Online bookings are exempt from our transaction fees (3% credit cards, 50p debit cards).

Further Information
Audio Described Performance (with pre-show touch tour): Monday 6 February, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Wednesday 8 February, 7.30pm
British Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Friday 10 February, 7.30pm

Wednesday 8 February

Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval)
Registered Office: Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP. Company No. 00295910
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