Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company celebrates 100th birthday
by Kate Fisher
The first purpose-built repertory theatre in the UK celebrates its 100th birthday today.
Over the years many of the UK's greatest actors started their careers at the REP, including Laurence Olivier, Michael Gambon and Derek Jacobi.
The REP returns to the Old Rep for its centenary celebrations while its current home on Broad Street is redeveloped as part of the new Library of Birmingham, reopening later this year.
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.
– Roxana Silbert, REP's Artistic Director
The century will be marked with a gala performance of Philip Pullman's 'I Was A Rat!' There will also be a programme of exhibitions, activity days, guided backstage tours, an audio history project and a new website.