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Europa – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writers: Lutz Hübner, Sikorska-Miszczuk, Tena Štivičić and Steve Waters Director: Janusz Kica Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Europa is the end result of two years’ collaboration between four leading European theatres (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz (Poland), Staatsschauspiel Dresden (Germany) and Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia) and four leading playwrights, each a leading writer in his/her own language. It seeks to ...

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Twelve Angry Men – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Reginald Rose Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4.5] One hot day in late summer, twelve men are locked into a jury room together. They have to decide the fate of a young man who is on trial for murder. The judge has made it clear that they must all agree, and if they find him guilty he will ...

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Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience – The SUITES, Birmingham REP

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Fawlty Towers, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, famously ran on BBC for twelve episodes between 1975 and 1979. Named best TV series of all time in 2000 by the British Film Institute in the list BFI TV 100, it is still fondly remembered by many for its distinctive characters: Basil, tense, rude and never ...

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Dunsinane – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: David Greig Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:5] Macbeth is dead. The queen has gone mad and is now, we are told, also dead. Malcolm, and an English army led by Siward, have taken control, and Malcolm is about to be crowned king. The worst, it would appear is over. What would happen, though, if the queen were, ...

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The Legend of Mike Smith – Birmingham REP

Music and Lyrics: Soweto Kinch Director and choreographer: Jonzi D Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Soweto Kinch’s 2013 album, The Legend of Mike Smith, is brought to loud and ambitious life in this inaugural production in the new Studio, shared by Birmingham REP and the impressive new Library of Birmingham. Kinch is a locally based REP patron, so an obvious choice ...

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Emerging West Midlands Writers and Directors Given Major Boost

Emerging theatre artists in the West Midlands have been given a boost with the news that, thanks to significant support from The Leverhulme Trust, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s REP Foundry artist development programme will continue until 2016. Created under The REP’s new artistic director, Roxana Silbert in January 2013, REP Foundry aims to discover and promote the West Midlands’ most promising ...

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Heather Gardner – Birmingham Rep @ Old Rep

Writer: Robin French, based on Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen Director: Mike Bradwell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Robin French, native of Birmingham and winner of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival in 2004 with Bear Hug, is the Birmingham Rep’s writer-in-residence. He confesses to being “head over heels in love with … [Ibsen’s] Hedda Gabler” and to being fascinated with ...

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I was a Rat! – Birmingham Rep @ The Old Rep

Writer: Philip Pullman, adapted by Teresa Ludovico, English version by David Watson Director: Teresa Ludovico Composer: Frank Moon Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:5] The work of author Philip Pullman was last seen at the Rep in 2009 when an adaptation of his well-known and loved His Dark Materials trilogy was performed in two parts, to somewhat mixed reviews. What then will ...

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