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History of the Old Rep Theatre
The Old Rep, built in 1913, was built as a permanent home for distinguished theatre director Barry Jackson’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company. It was the first purpose-built repertory theatre in the UK. Construction on the Old Rep began in October 1912. Built day and night for four months, it was opened on 15 February 1913 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, preceded by a reading by Barry Jackson, of the poem ‘The Mighty Line’, by John Drinkwater. Many of the current features are original from the theatre's first opening, which gives this venue a wonderful sense of authenticity. A blue plaque dedicated to our founder Sir Barry Jackson can be seen on the front of the Old Rep, high above the entrance. The theatre is built on a small site between Station Street and Hinckley Street (Birmingham) necessitating a steeply raked auditorium which exists to this day, giving every seat in the house an excellent view of the stage.
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