Reopening date for refurbished Birmingham REP

Steve Orme

Birmingham REP has announced it will reopen in September next year after a two-and-a-half year refurbishment.

It'll be the first season of productions under new artistic director Roxana Silbert.

The season will include shows in the REP's main 800-seat auditorium, which will have the benefit of air-cooling, and in the new 300-seat studio theatre created through a partnership with the new Library of Birmingham.

There'll also be a full programme of education and artistic activity in the REP's smallest, 140-seat theatre The Door which is also being improved. Full details of the opening season will be announced early next year.

The refurbishment of the REP includes the restoration of its original 1970s façade along with new dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms and workshops.

Stuart Rogers, the REP's executive director, says, "We're currently talking to an exciting range of artists about working with us during our centenary year in 2013, and look forward to being able to announce full details of the opening season early next year."

Meanwhile, the REP will be presenting two productions as part of this year's Fierce Festival—Birmingham's international festival of live art.

Berlin Love Tour is an "emotional guided tour of Berlin, re-imagined on the streets of Birmingham".

Written by Lynda Radley, after an idea by Tom Creed and Hilary O'Shaughnessy, it'll be performed by Hilary O'Shaughnessy who was nominated for a best actress award at the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Awards for the role.

Berlin Love Tour will take place around the city centre, with audiences meeting outside the Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, from Friday (30 March) until Sunday, 8 April.

For Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine, a group of performers will memorize an entire novel to become living books in Birmingham's Central Library.

Audiences are being invited to make half-hour appointments between Friday (30 March) and Saturday, 7 April.