Theatre To Reopen In September 2013
Birmingham Repertory Theatre today announces that it will reopen to the public in September 2013, following the two and half year refurbishment and extension of its building to both improve facilities and create a link with the new Library of Birmingham.
The REP will reopen its doors with the first season of productions under the new artistic directorship of Roxana Silbert. The season will include shows in The REP’s main 800 seat auditorium, now with the benefit of air-cooling, and in the new 300 seat studio theatre created through the partnership with the new library. There will also be a full programme of education and artistic research and development activity in The REP’s smallest 140 seat theatre, The Door that has also been improved as part of the development. Full details of the opening season will be announced early in 2013.
The refurbishment of The REP includes a restoration of its original, distinctive and well-regarded 1970s façade, new bars and restaurant areas and an extended foyer with improved facilities for customers. Backstage improvements include new dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, set construction workshops and offices.
Aside from the reopening of The REP’s Broad Street theatre, 2013 is also the 100th birthday of Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and its original base the Old Rep Theatre in Station Street. The REP will celebrate this centenary in February 2013 with a special programme of events at the Old Rep Theatre, further details of which will be announced in autumn this year.
Stuart Rogers, Executive Director at The REP says:
“We’re very happy to be able to confirm that The REP will be re-opening in September next year, and are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to our refurbished and extended home. We’re currently talking to a very exciting range of artists about working with us during our centenary year of 2013, and look forward to being able to announce full details of the opening season early next year. “