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Birmingham Rep marks centenary milestone

The first purpose-built repertory theatre in the UK is celebrating 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 Company has released some momentous photos taken throughout its one-hundred year history.

Laurence Olivier - 1920 Credit: Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company
Albert Finney and June Brown in Macbeth - 1958 Credit: Lisel Haas
Derek Jacobi in King Oedipus - 1972 Credit: Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company
Richard Chamberlain in Hamlet 1969 Credit: Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company
David Suchet in Iniquity 1977 Credit: Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company

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.

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