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Birmingham Stage Company exits Old Rep for New Alexandra

Members of Birmingham Stage Company perform Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain. Photo: Ian Tilton
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Birmingham Stage Company is leaving the Old Rep Theatre, where it has been the resident company for 23 years.

The group – known for its productions of Horrible Histories and Skellig – will now take up residency in the city’s New Alexandra Theatre, which is operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group.

The move comes after the management of the Old Rep was taken over last year by Birmingham Ormiston Academy, which teaches the arts to 14 to 19-year-olds.

BSC manager Neal Foster said: “It has become obvious that we need a bigger stage for our shows but we have been reluctant to leave the Old Rep in case it jeopardised the venue’s situation. Now the theatre is in the wonderfully safe hands of BOA, we can leave the building knowing it has a bright future ahead of it.”

Foster, who founded BSC at the Old Rep in 1992, praised the theatre, saying: “I hope it continues to inspire more young people in the same way it did me. The Old Rep gave me everything I wanted from life and it will always be my favourite building in the world.”

Of the company’s new home, he added: “I have been going to see shows at the Alex since I was five years old. To know I will be performing on its great stage is a huge thrill.”

Nicky Monk, head of regional programming at ATG, said the company was “delighted to have the BSC, with its fantastic reputation for family theatre, join us at the Alex”. She added: “We are looking forward to exciting collaborations in the future.”

The company’s first show at the New Alexandra will be a world premiere adaptation of Gangsta Granny, a stage version of the children’s novel by comedian and actor David Walliams. As part of a national tour, the production will run at the theatre from December 7 to 12.

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