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The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham

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The Birmingham Rep Theatre and Library in October 2013 - Courtesy David Humphries

Above - The Birmingham Rep Theatre and Library in October 2013 - Courtesy David Humphries.

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre is situated in Centenary Square on Broad Street, Birmingham and opened in 1971. The Theatre was built for the Birmingham Repertory Company and was designed by S. T. Walker & Partners, with an auditorium which consists of one large stalls level with no balconies or boxes.

Barry Jackson's Birmingham Repertory Company, which was originally an amateur Company called the Pilgrim Players, had begun life in 1907 but after they moved into their new Repertory Theatre on Station Street, now the Old Rep Theatre, in 1913, they went on to become the most famous repertory company in the country. Many of the group's early actors also went on to become well respected actors with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. However, as the Old Rep only seated 464 people and the Company was so popular, by the 1960s they realised they needed a new home, which by 1971 they had achieved with the opening of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Broad Street.

In 1992 an extension to the Theatre was built housing conference facilities, a rehearsal room, and workshops. The Theatre has also seen many other improvements since it was first built including altering the auditorium's original three banks of raked seating into one single sweep of seating which curves around the large 50 foot stage. The Theatre also consists of a small 140 seat Studio Theatre called the Door, which was originally constructed as a rehearsal room.

The whole area around the Theatre has seen vast improvement since it was first built and the new much talked about Library of Birmingham has now been constructed next door to the Theatre. This opened in September 2013 and is joined to the Theatre on the ground and first floor, and also provides another 300 seat auditorium to the complex, all shared by the same foyer. On the other side of the Theatre is also Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

You may like to visit the Birmingham Repertory Theatre's own Website here.

A Google StreetView Image of Centenary Square showing the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Symphony Hall, and Library of Birmingham - Click to Interact.

Above - A Google StreetView Image of Centenary Square showing the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Symphony Hall, and Library of Birmingham - Click to Interact.

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