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Dedicated to Arthur Lloyd, 1839 - 1904.


The Old Rep Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham

Formerly - The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Old Repertory Theatre

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The Old Rep Theatre is situated on Birmingham's Station Street. Construction of the Theatre began in 1912, to the designs of the architect S. N. Cooke, and the Theatre opened as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, led by Sir Barry Jackson, on the 15th of February 1913 with a production of 'Twelfth Night'. Jackson's Company, which was originally an amateur Company called the Pilgrim Players, had begun life in 1907 but after they moved into their new Theatre on Station Street in 1913 they went on to become the most famous repertory company in the country. Many of the groups early actors also went on to become well respected actors at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Old Rep Theatre is historically important today as it is Britain's oldest purpose built Repertory Theatre. However, the Birmingham Repertory Company itself has since moved into a new home, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Broad Street, which opened in 1971.

The Old Rep Theatre's auditorium consists of stalls and one balcony and when it first opened it could accommodate 464 people including 200 in the balcony. Today this has been reduced to a more modest 378. Originally there was also an orchestra pit for 15 musicians. In 1914 the Theatre was altered and an adjacent building was incorporated.

The Old Rep is today owned by Birmingham City Council and offers productions from the Birmingham Stage Company and amateur Companies, with a wide range of plays, musicals, Christmas shows, and 'issue based drama' for young people.

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

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