A Century of Stories

Regular readers of our blog may remember that we have had archivist Gary Collins working with us  on the archive of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in preparation for their centenary celebrations. Now that the Rep has reopened after their refurbishment this work has transformed into a great exhibition in the Rep Foyer.

REP100 004Hidden in a series of intriguing cases are several drawers housing some of the treasures of the Rep archive including a miniature stage set, programmes and early costume designs. These tell the story of the company over the last 100 years.

You can also start an audio trail which will take you around the city whilst hearing founder Barry Jackson talk.


REP100 006My favourite exhibit is the amazing tree sculpture which you cannot miss. It has faces of many of the people who have been part of the success of the Rep  over its life so far. It is quite fun spotting some of the more familiar faces.

Now that we share a foyer it is easy to visit the exhibition and I would recommend popping along if you are visiting us. Or if the weather is making you feel like staying in you can see a lot of online here .

If you would like to know more about the Rep and it’s archive you can hear Collections Curator Sian Roberts talking at the Library next Tuesday 12.30 – 1.30. Places are free but we recommend you reserve a space through the Box Office.

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Kathryn Hall Events & Marketing Assistant


One response to “A Century of Stories

  1. The whole archive of Sir Noel Coward, one of Britain’s greatest thespians and writers, who wrote ‘Blithe Spirit’ that staple of most AmDram groups and various propaganda films and plays during the Second World War donated his archive at The University of Birmingham.

    Coward’s archive is held at the Birmingham Special Collections at The University of Birmingham in the revamped Muirhead Tower.

    For younger readers Sir Noel Coward played the camp gangster ‘Mr Reacher’ in the original ‘The Italian Job’ starring Birmingham Mini Coopers and Michael Caine……I bet you didn’t know that as Caine might say!

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