Old Joint Stock Theatre
Old Joint Stock Theatre facade
|Address||4 Temple Row West
|Owner||Fuller, Smith and Turner|
|Current use||pub and theatre|
|Opened||building built 1864|
|Years active||theatre since 1997|
|The Old Joint Stock Theatre Web site|
The Old Joint Stock Theatre is a studio theatre and pub located at 4 Temple Row West in the centre of Birmingham, England. The listed building was designed as a library but owes its present name to its use by Birmingham Joint Stock Bank.
The present day theatre and pub is housed in a grade II listed building built as a library by architect J. A. Chatwin in 1864. The building was quickly acquired by the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank. The Birmingham Joint Stock Bank had four branches within the city and the oldest one here in Temple Row had been established in 1861. The Joint Stock Company amalgamated with Lloyds Bank in 1889. The building was then used by Lloyds Bank. It was converted into a pub in 1997. The theatre opened in 2006 with the £350,000 cost being provided by the owners Fuller, Smith and Turner. The design of the theatre was important and an ex theatre manager was used as a consultant during the construction. This consultant was the first manager of the pub and theatre.
The theatre seats 95 in a flexible arrangement and is located on the first floor of the pub. The venue hosts mostly theatre performances. It has two resident groups of players: The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Group and Foghorn Improv. The venue programme has also included music, comedy and dance.
The theatre includes full dressing and green room facilities, a box office, cloakroom and lounge area for interval drinks, as well as a demountable stage and seating that allows each production or hire to inhabit the space to its best potential.
The theatre attracts companies and artists from across the region and nationally including Mrs Barbara Nice, Stewart Lee, Reginald D Hunter, Jim Jeffries and Tom Allen. The theatre also hosts corporate evenings and offers casino, comedy, wedding receptions etc.