- Date: 27 February 2013
- Region: West Midlands
The Old Rep Theatre, Station Street 1918. Credit: The Rep
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company continues its 100th Birthday celebrations with REP100 Weekender, a fascinating two days which will appeal to theatre lovers, artists, students, academics and historians taking place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March.
The REP100 weekend will be devoted to a series of talks and discussions on the REP’s achievements and influence on the development of British theatre over the last century, starting with Station Street to Stratford via Malvern. Discover the journey of The REP’s founder, Sir Barry Jackson, and his role in theatre development. Leading experts from the UK theatre world will discuss the complexities and rich possibilities of re-imagining classics, as Sir Barry Jackson did when he broke new ground by producing the first Shakespeare in modern dress with his production of Cymbeline in 1923. They will also look at the role of regional theatre today and what the future might hold for The REP and other contemporary theatre makers.
Station Street to Stratford via Malvern takes place on Saturday 23 March, 9.30am – 6.00pm with guest speakers including historian Claire Cochrane, playwrights David Edgar and Robin French, REP artistic director Roxana Silbert and theatre designer Pamela Howard.
Drama Queens is a day-long event, celebrating women that have played a prominent role in The REP’s story throughout the last century. Female writers, actors and producers will discuss the role The REP has played in the development of women in theatre over the last century and the role of female managers and producers. Guest speakers include playwrights Bryony Lavery and Rachel Delahey, actors Lorna Laidlaw and Shelley King, Deputy Executive of the National Theatre Kate Horton and the RSC’s ex-Chief Executive Vikki Heywood.
This event takes place on Sunday 24 March from 9.30am – 4.00pm.Tickets are £5 full price, £3 concessions for each day or free when booking tickets for the performance of Heather Gardner on the Saturday or Sunday evening. For further details of this event and to book tickets please click here.
REP100 Weekender is just one of the many events taking place as part of the 100th Birthday celebrations for The Rep. Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director, The Rep said “Birmingham Repertory Theatre has a unique place in British theatre history and we want to invite everyone to come and explore that rich heritage as we celebrate 100 years since the theatre was founded by my visionary predecessor, Sir Barry Jackson.
“We’ve scheduled a fantastic series of events to mark our centenary and give people a wonderful opportunity to get a hands on behind-the-scenes insight into the making of theatre and the history of The REP and the amazingly talented people who have worked here. And as the theatre’s iconic home on Broad Street is being renovated and re-opened this year, there’s also a chance to explore the history of that building, as well as the Old Rep.”
For details of the full programme of events please click here.