The Old Rep Theatre
The Old Rep theatre, situated on Station Street, was the first purpose – built repertory theatre in the country. With an original seating capacity of 464, The Old Rep opened on the 15th February 1913 with a performance of Twelfth Night followed by a reading by its founder, Barry Jackson, of a poem written by John Drinkwater. Many of the current features are original from the theatre’s first opening.
The Theatre was the original home of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and during this time, the first ever modern dress Shakespeare production was performed.
Famous actors who have performed at The Old Rep include
- Laurence Olivier,
- Noel Coward,
- Paul Schofield,
- Brian Cox,
- Michael Gambon,
- Timothy Dalton,
- Honor Blackman and
- Derek Jacobi.
Currently the home of the Birmingham Stage Company, every year The Old Rep produces a family Christmas production for an extended run. Past Highlights include
- The Jungle Book,
- James and the Giant Peach,
- George’s Marvellous Medicine and
- Danny Champion Of The World.
The Theatre also stages shows from many of the regions best amateur theatre companies including Birmingham Savoyards, Youth On Stage, Birmingham Youth Theatre, Stage 27, The Billesley Players, Argosy MTC and MCS Repertory Company as well as educational performances by Shakespeare Schools Festival, Birmingham School of Acting and BOA.