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Sarah Hadland and Nigel Harman to star in Birmingham Rep season

Nigel Harman in Guys and Dolls
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Sarah Hadland and Nigel Harman are to star in a new comedy as part of Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s spring season.

The programme also includes the world premiere of a play about football and the previously announced Bob Marley musical, One Love.

Hadland and Harman will feature in the UK premiere of What’s in a Name?, adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams from the French play Le Prenom.

It opens the venue’s spring season, running from January 27 to February 11, and is a coproduction with Just for Laughs Theatricals.

Stadium, which runs from June 9 to 17, will see more than 50 local football fans take to the stage in a production created by French theatremaker Mohamed El Khatib.

Artistic director Roxana Silbert directs a new adaptation of Eugene Ionesco’s Amedee by Sean Foley. The first new adaptation of the comedy in 40 years, it will run in the studio from February 23 to March 10.

Elsewhere, One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, is written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, and focuses on the singer-songwriter’s life and career in the 1970s. It runs from March 10 to April 8.

The season also includes a revival of The Who’s Tommy, as part of the second Ramps on the Moon project, which puts Deaf and disabled artists at the centre of its productions. The project is a collaboration between six regional theatres, including the Rep, and Graeae Theatre Company.

Choreographer Rosie Kay premieres her new work, MK Ultra, at the Rep in March, while the venue’s studio will also stage a musical adaptation of Winnie and Wilbur, by Mike Kenny, as well as Bristol Old Vic’s Pink Mist and the National Theatre’s My Country: A Work in Progress, which has been created in response to the Brexit vote.

The Rep’s young company will also perform on its main stage, in a production of ER Braithwaite’s To Sir, With Love, in May, while touring productions include work by the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Cirque Berserk.

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