The REP and Library of Birmingham celebrates Topping Out
Yesterday, 14 September 2011, Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, laid the last piece of concrete on the highest point of the new Library of Birmingham at the official Topping Out ceremony. This was a significant marker in the construction of the new Library which will be joined to The REP.
The Topping Out took place on the roof of the rotunda on the summit of the building, which will eventually house the Shakespeare Memorial room, originally a feature in the Victorian Library and currently in Birmingham Central Library. To celebrate the occasion, actor Giles Taylor, who is currently a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company read two Shakespeare quotes as suggested by members of the public in a competition on Twitter.
Members of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company also gave one of the first performances in the Library’s outdoor amphitheatre in Centenary Square. The Company took time out of rehearsals to present extracts from Shakespeare’s Henry V and All’s Well That Ends Well and also an extract from our current production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties which opens at the Old Rep Theatre this week.
The Library of Birmingham and the redeveloped and enhanced Birmingham Repertory Theatre will open in 2013.