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Robert Lindsay takes lead in Prism in Birmingham new season

Published: 26 April 2019

Robert Lindsay is to star in Prism, Terry Johnson’s play based on the life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff, in the autumn and winter season at Birmingham REP.

In her last programmed season for the theatre before taking up a similar post at Hampstead Theatre, artistic director Roxana Silbert said, “I was originally drawn to the REP by its pioneering spirit, the diversity and energy of the city and the potential of a theatre that could produce the whole gamut of work: from the epic and commercial to the niche and community, encompassed in Graham Winteringham’s inspiring building.

“The REP is blessed with an audience that’s both open-hearted and open-minded and I hope that some of the spirit of the city and its people is reflected in a programme that’s bursting with national and home-grown talent, alongside inventive new work across its three stages and beyond.”

Prism is a co-production between the REP and Hampstead Theatre. It had a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre in 2017. It opens at the REP from 4 until 12 October before a UK tour.

The season opens with the return of The Lovely Bones from 6 until 21 September. It was commissioned by the REP and premièred in 2018. Melly Still returns to direct Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s story about life after loss.

Promising “an adaptation like no other” of Jane Austen’s definitive rom-com, Blood of the Young’s Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) is a co-production between the REP and Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. It runs in Birmingham from 15 October until 2 November.

The latest play from Birmingham-born writer Robin French, Rebel Music, which has been commissioned by the REP and is presented in association with Middle Child, runs at the theatre from 19 September until 5 October and will tour to community centres as part of the REP's commitment to making theatre accessible to all.

The REP will collaborate with Birmingham’s Fierce Festival (15 until 20 October) to present three performances: In Many Hands by Katie McIntosh, Familiar, written by Gillie Kleiman and Greg Wohead, and Working with Children by Nicola Gunn.

The full programme is available at the Birmingham REP web site.

Steve Orme