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Birmingham Repertory Theatre


Centenary Square, Broad Street, BIRMINGHAM, B1 2EP
0121 236 4455
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Barber Shop Chronicles
FROM:26-09-2019
TO:28-09-2019
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Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour, Inua Ellams' acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles comes to The REP.

Newsroom, political platform, local hotspot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Directed by Olivier award-winning director Bijan Sheibani and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse), Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra over the course of a single day.

Prism
FROM:03-10-2019
TO:12-10-2019
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Following a sold-out run at London's Hampstead Theatre, the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood's greatest divas beautiful comes to The REP.

Robert Lindsay is 'magnetic' (The Guardian), 'perfect' (The Times) and 'glorious' (Mail on Sunday) in Terry Johnson's delightfully witty and poignant play based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff; 'the man who made women look beautiful' (Vanity Fair).

The legendary Jack Cardiff has retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. His days of hard work – and play – on some of the most famous fi lm sets in the world are now long behind him, as are his secret liaisons with some of the most famous women in the world. Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of 'painting with light', the writing of an autobiography should be an easy matter – were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.

Post Show Discussion 9 October

Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of)
FROM:15-10-2019
TO:02-11-2019
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This is an adaptation like no other. Drawing on over two-hundred years of romantic pop history is Blood of the Young's unique take on a beloved novel - the highly acclaimed Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of).

Six young women have a story to tell. You might have seen them, emptying the chamber pots and sweeping ash from the grate; the overlooked and the undervalued making sure those above stairs find their happy ending. Of course, they've always been running the show - after all 'You can't have a whirlwind romance without clean bedding' – but tonight, the servants are also playing every part.

Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this loving and irreverent all-female adaptation of Jane Austen's unrivalled literary classic. Let the ruthless match-making begin.

Presented in association with Bristol Old Vic, Northern Stage, Oxford Playhouse and Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval

Post Show Discussion 23 October

My Beautiful Laundrette
FROM:05-11-2019
TO:09-11-2019
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This November, Hanif Kureishi's iconic and Oscar-nominated screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette comes to the stage. This bold new drama will be presented against a funky backdrop of 80's music and culture and explores cultural conflict, gender equality, class and
generational strife.

Set in London during the Thatcher years, My Beautiful Laundrette tells the story of young British Pakistani, Omar, who transforms his uncle's run-down laundrette into a thriving business. After being confronted by a fascist gang, Omar recognises school-friend Johnny
and uses their history to diffuse the situation. As they renovate the laundrette together, love blossoms between them. This culture clash comedy is also a subversive work of social realism, sprinkled with magic and joy running through the rich veins of Kureishi's writing.

Recommended for ages 15+. This production contains strong language and adult themes (including violence and racism) and may not be suitable for younger audience members.

Peter Pan
FROM:30-11-2019
TO:19-01-2020
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All children, except one, grow up...

One night, the headstrong Wendy Darling is visited by a mysterious boy floating outside her window. The mischievous stranger introduces himself as Peter Pan, and after teaching Wendy and her two brothers to fly, invites them on a quest to an enchanted island called Neverland. It is a world of feisty fairies, malevolent mermaids and a raucous gang of abandoned Lost Children.

But a crew of ruthless pirates, led by the dastardly and vengeful Captain Hook, also await in Neverland. Can Wendy, Peter, and his gang unite to win the day as they cross paths and swords with the pirates? And will Wendy and her brothers ever find their way back home?

Liam Steel returns to direct after his highly acclaimed retelling of The Wizard Of Oz here last year. This striking new version for the young, young at heart and forever young is set to make you fall in love with this family favourite all over again.

Recommended for ages 7+

Birmingham Repertory Theatre is located in Centenary Square, Birmingham. The theatre forms part of the International Convention Centre (ICC), which is one of the UK’s main conference venues. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company itself (commonly known as the Rep) has been one of the longest-established building-based theatre companies in the UK.

The Rep was originally established in 1907 by theatre director Barry Jackson, and founded its first home on Station Street in 1913. The construction of the building took just four months, operating both day and night, and became the first purpose-built repertory theatre in the world. Despite experiencing financial losses in its early decades, the theatre’s reputation attracted serious talent, including Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke and Edith Evans.

The Rep transferred over to their Broad Street venue in 1971 and enjoyed many years of success there. The construction of The Studio the following year saw some of Britain’s greatest artistic talent make use of it, including Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi. The current building was expanded and refurbished and now forms part of the ICC which is located on the same site.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents a diverse programme of works, and is especially well known for its musicals. Some of the biggest world premieres have started there, recently including The Snowman (which has had international acclaim), and Nativity! The Musical.

Transport

Birmingham's New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations

Restaurant

Open from 10am Mon-Sun

Bar

Available from 11am until 15 minutes after the start of the last performance. 5.30pm when there is no evening performance.

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/about-us/access.html

Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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