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James Dreyfus to lead Birmingham Rep’s spring/summer season

James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman will star in Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
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James Dreyfus will star in a revival of a 1944 Broadway play Harvey, as part of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s spring/summer season.

The play – which opens the season – centres on a man whose best friend is an imaginary 6ft rabbit, and runs from February 6 to 21.

This will be followed by a new production of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice – which will run at the theatre from May 15 30 before transferring to the Playhouse in Leeds for further dates. James Brining, artistic director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, will direct the production.

Meanwhile, Birmingham Rep’s artistic director Roxana Silbert will direct a new production of The King’s Speech, which stars Jason Donovan and will run from 25 February to 7 March before embarking on a UK tour.

Feed the Beast, a new play by Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Steven Thompson, will run from April 16 to May 2, and Unknown Male, a new play written by Stephanie Riding, which will be staged at the theatre from January 28 to 31.

Other productions include Back Down, the first play by performance poet Steven Camden, which runs from February 27 to March 7, and The Pyramid Texts – a one-man play starring Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo about a Glaswegian boxer, which will run from May 26 to 30.

The theatre re-opened in September last year after two years of redevelopment, including the building of a new 300-seat auditorium.

Speaking about the new season, artistic director Roxana Silbert said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer our audiences a real breadth of vibrant theatrical voices from the King of England to a working class Glaswegian boxer.

“I’m particularly proud of our commitment to new regional and international work,” she added.

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