Sometimes, you just need to escape the world. Get lost in a story. Forget the world around you and immerse yourself in someone else’s life, even if it’s just for an hour or two.
There’s nothing like a trip to the theatre to help you escape your busy, hectic life and take some time out to laugh, cry and ponder. There’s something magical about live performance that grips us in a way that nothing else can.
Introducing The Rep.
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Located on the stunning Centenary Square, The Rep is Birmingham’s only producing theatre, and an icon of culture in the city.
Some independents need no introduction, as they have been such a stalwart of the city’s independent scene for such a long time. So, instead, allow us to re-introduce and re-acquaint you with this particular independent, which boasts a rich history and a bright future. The oldest building-based theatre company in the UK, The Rep (which is also a registered charity) has been at the very forefront of the country’s theatre scene for over 100 years, and this pioneering theatre remains a strong bastion of culture to this day.
The Rep’s mission is to create artistically ambitious, popular theatre for, by, and with the people of Birmingham (and beyond). Put quite simply, they create magic. At the very core of the Rep’s programme is the commissioning and production of new work, and over the last 15 years they have produced more than 130 new plays.
There is always something new and exciting to enjoy at The Rep, as well as the opportunity to catch an old favourite. There are three stages at The Rep (The House, The Door, and The Studio), and on top of presenting over 60 productions across these three stages every year, they also tour their productions nationally and internationally too.
In addition to the productions showcased at the theatre each year, and the touring productions, The Rep helps to nurture new talent and encourage involvement in the arts. Through their acclaimed learning and outreach programme (one of the largest and most diverse of any arts organisation in the country), they have contacts with over 70,000 young people and adults each year, through community projects ranging from drama or writing workshops to large-scale productions.
The Rep has recently unveiled a new look, including The Rep Cafe Bar – a brand new destination in the heart of the city where you can enjoy coffee and cake or lunch with a friend in a stylish space, with unrivalled views over the beautiful Centenary Square (great for a spot of people watching). This new cafe and bar is also the perfect spot for an afternoon study session, working away from the office, or to grab a pre-show cocktail.
The programme at The Rep is varied and changes regularly, so there is always a new show to catch. Whether you prefer comedy or spoken word, dance or drama, a modern masterpiece or a re-invention of a classic, there’s always something for all tastes. Coming up this season (Spring 2022) is the world-premiere of Coming To England, a musical journey based on the inspiring true story of Floella Benjamin and Grimeboy, a brand-new play from Birmingham poet Laureate Casey Bailey.
If you’re looking to inject a little more culture into your life, we highly recommend a visit to The Rep.
Now offering Independent Birmingham Members: 20% off Preview Performances (using the code: INDBRUM20) + 10% off the bill at the Rep Cafe Bar
Important Ticket Booking Information
To book your tickets in advance online via The Rep website, please use the code: INDBRUM20 (this will apply to 2 tickets per App Member per performance) – you will then be asked to present your valid IB App Membership upon collection of the tickets in order to redeem the offer. Alternatively, you can also book in advance via the telephone at: 0121 236 4455 (please state you have an IB App Membership upon booking).