|Architect||S. N. Cooke|
|Owned by||Birmingham City Council|
|Other names||Birmingham Repertory Theatre|
Construction began in October 1912. Built day and night for four months, it was opened on 15th February 1913 with a performance of Twelfth Night, preceded by a reading by its founder, Barry Jackson, of the poem The Mighty Line written by John Drinkwater. When completed it had a seating capacity of 464. Many of the current features are original from the theatre's first opening.
It was the former home of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and was the first purpose-built repertory theatre in the UK. It was one of the UK's premier theatre venues and many great stars have walked the boards. There is still an original mirror from the opening of the Old REP just before you walk on stage, famous actors like Laurence Olivier and Paul Scofield will have looked into that mirror.
Now seating 383, it is the home of the Birmingham Stage Company. However the theatre also stages shows from many small scale touring companies, The Young Rep and several local amateur drama companies.
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