Roxana Silbert has announced the reopening season of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
The season, which will also be Silbert’s first at the head of the organisation, will start on September 3, when the theatre reopens to the public with a new 300-seat studio in addition to its main 1,000-seat space. The venue has been closed for refurbishment for the last two years.
Highlights of the season in the main space include a new staging of Moliere’s Tartuffe directed by Silbert and starring Mark Williams; Martin Shaw in Twelve Angry Men; and the tour of the National Theatre production of Alan Bennett’s People, which will reopen the theatre in September.
Meanwhile, the new studio space will open with the world premiere of The Legend of Mike Smith, written by and starring MOBO award-winning musician Soweto Kinch with choreography by Jonzi D. Later in the season, it will also host the premier of David Greig’s latest play The Events, inspired by the Anders Brevik killings in Norway, and produced by ATC.
Silbert, said: “This is an historic occasion and I’m thrilled that we are back home after two and a half years working off-site. We are reopening the theatre with an exhilarating season of classics, new work, great hits, fantastic names, an extraordinary range of local talent very keen to perform at The Rep and some brilliant collaborative and contemporary theatre making.
“Thanks to the restoration, the theatre looks as striking as it did when it first opened in 1971. Our new studio space, which is shared with our new next-door neighbour the Library of Birmingham, provides us with a beautiful and essential 300-seat auditorium. And visitors will be able to enjoy our rejuvenated public spaces, including the stylish new Centenary Bar & Brasserie, run by our partners Searcys who are responsible for the St Pancras Champagne Bar and the restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery amongst many others.”