- Date: 4 July 2011
- Region: West Midlands
Clive Rowe as the Lion . Credit: Robert Day
The Birmingham REP continues producing off-site while its Centenary Square home is closed due to its re-development as part of the new Library of Birmingham complex.
Their latest show The Wiz was at the New Alexandra Theatre from 10 to 18 June. A lively show with pulsating music it featured X Factor runner up Treyc Cohen as Dorothy. Directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo it blended professional actors with a group of volunteers from the local area. It was the first major UK revival of the musical for 25 years and proved popular with audiences.
Stuart Rogers, Executive Director at the REP, said the theatre's off-site journey started in January, and they will continue to perform at different venues across the city until they move back to the re-vamped theatre in 2013. In that year the REP also celebrates its centenary.
In the autumn they return to their original home in the Old Rep in Station Street with productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties. Then at Christmas they will be at The Crescent Theatre with Sleeping Beauty, and The Snowman will be on at the ICC Theatre.
The REP's administration and rehearsal space is currently based in the Jewellery Quarter with set construction and other departments at different locations in the city. Their box office is in the lobby of the Central Library.
For more information about productions visit the Birmingham REP website.