After celebrating its centenary in Spring, Birmingham Repertory Theatre re-opens to the public this September with a new 300-seat studio theatre created through partnership with the new Library of Birmingham.
With an incredible season of entertainment for you, the first production in their new theatre, The STUDIO, will be the world premiere of The Legend of Mike Smith, written by and starring the Birmingham born MOBO award-winning musician Soweto Kinch. Be taken on a journey through the seven deadly sins, with jazz improvisation, a driving hip hop score and choreography from a pioneer of British Hip Hop culture, Jonzi D.
A world premiere is also the first production in The DOOR as one of the most exciting young poets and writers working in Britain today, Kate Tempest, presents her new play Hopelessly Devoted. Telling the story of music and its redemptive power, the show combines lyrical fireworks with exhilarating live music.
In his first stage role at The REP, Martin Shaw returns to his home city to play the lead role in a new version of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men and Collective Artistes present Zhe, a show based on the true-life stories of two British Africans living at the crossroads of culture.
For Christmas, Bryony Lavery and Jason Carr’s adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to The REP in a new staging. Plus, twenty years after its debut flight, The Snowman soars back to its Birmingham home.
The REP’s artistic director Roxana Silbert says of the re-opening season:
“This is an historic occasion and I’m thrilled that we are back home. We’re re-opening the theatre with an exhilarating season of classics, new work, great hits, fantastic names, an extraordinary range of local talent and some brilliant collaborative and contemporary theatre making.
We’re heralding a new beginning and we can’t wait to welcome audiences through our doors”
For more information visit birmingham-rep.co.uk.