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Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with Brighton Dome & Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Holland Festival presents The String Quartet's Guide To Sex And Anxiety.

 

The tempestuous relationship between sex, anxiety and music comes to a head in the remarkable new production from one of Europe's most exciting theatre directors, Calixto Bieito.

Music and drama collide as the award-winning string powerhouse The Heath Quartet performs alongside an equally stunning quartet of actors to deliver an unmissable montage of melody and madness.

Drawing inspiration from the writing of Byung-Chul Han (The Burnout Society) and Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy, this innovative new production will explore the effects of the 21st Century on our mental wellbeing, particularly in a very fast-moving digital world.

Music

Beethoven String Quartet No.11, opus 95
Ligeti String Quartet No. 2

Introducing Calixto Bieito and The Heath Quartet...

 

Creatives

Director Calixto Bieito 
Set Design Calixto Bieito, Annemarie Bulla
Costume Design Annemarie Bulla
Lighting Design Tim Mitchell
Sound Design Dan Hoole
Assistant Directors Laure Roldan, Lucía Astigarraga
Costume Supervisor Kay Wilton
Technical Design Ebrahim Nazier
Casting Gabrielle Dawes
Production Manager Tomas Wright
Producer Stuart Rogers
Assistant Producer Catherine Fowles

 

Please note this performance contains strong language of a sexual nature.

The String Quartet's Guide To Sex And Anxiety contains extracts from the following works, and we would like to extend our thanks to all the authors, living and dead -

The Anatomy of Melancholy Robert Burton

'Our Need of Consolation is Insatiable'
Stig Dagermann
Translated by Steven Hartman
Published by Little Star #5, 2014
Original publication in Swedish as Vårt behov av tröst är omättligt…, by Husmodern, 1952

Sleet: Selected Stories
Stig Dagerman
Translated by Steven Hartman
Published by David R. Godine, 2013

My Age of Anxiety
Scott Stossel
Published by William Heinemann, 2014

'Wanting to Die'
The Complete Poems
Anne Sexton
Published by Hougton Miffli­­n Company, 1981

Platform
Michel Houellebecq
Translated by Frank Wynne
Published by Vintage, 2003

'LOVE, LOVE'
Unreconciled: Poems 1991-2013
Michel Houellebecq
Translated by Gavin Bowd
Published by William Heinemann, 2017

The Noonday Demon
Andrew Solomon
Published by Vintage, 2002

The Concept of Anxiety
Søren Kierkegaard

 

The String Quartet's Guide to Sex and Anxiety is part of Culture Feast, a 7 course "menu" of contemporary arts events for just £30!

Aged 16-30? £5 tickets available on selected dates with our free Preview Club Membership.

 

Reviews

Strange and beautiful

The Guardian

The direction, acting and music blend together to create an unforgettable, disconcerting experience that stands out amongst other theatre ... Each character’s journey is unique and captivating, enhanced by the beautiful yet unsettling music

Stage Talk Magazine

Unusual, provocative, penetrating ... Calixto Bieito has created an intriguing hybrid work and orchestrated it with sensitivity and skill

Reviewsgate

A deep, thought provoking drama

Black Country Radio

Powerful, harrowing and truthful

The Reviews Hub

Venue Information

The REP

Box Office: 0121 236 4455

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Ticket Information

Tickets from £15

Previews (12-14 May) from £10

Group, family, disabled and school rates available via our box office.

Fees and Charges

As of 15 January, we now charge a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and postage and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend.

Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.

Fees & Charges
As of 15 January, we now charge a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and postage and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend.

Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.
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Please note this performance contains strong language of a sexual nature.
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