Let the drums roll: Top season ahead awaits at The Rep theatre - The Solihull Observer

Let the drums roll: Top season ahead awaits at The Rep theatre

Solihull Editorial 2nd Jan, 2022   0

A MOUTHWATERING season awaits theatregoers at the Birmingham Rep in 2022.

The Rep is the UK’s oldest building-based theatre and has been at the forefront of British stage drama for more than 100 years.

2022 promises to be no exception with the presentation of some brilliant new works in the next few months alone with a summer production of Bugsy Malone to look forward to.

Artistic director Sean Foley said: “The Rep has been the home of the new in UK theatre, and we are as excited as ever to invite audiences to the original ‘you had to be there’ experience of live theatre.”




The season gets off to a flying start with the Birmingham Rep and The Children’s Theatre Partnership presentation of Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Adapted and directed by Robert Icke, it runs from January 22 to February 5 as this timeless story of revolution and its aftermath is re-imagined by an award-winning creative team into a bold, imaginative and contemporary new production which is accessible to all.


From February 8-9 the Rep presents The Covid-19 Variations: A Piano Drama by Richard Thomas and Alison Jackson and directed by Sean Foley.

It offers a powerful and entertaining take on the last 18 months, a unique and funny film and concert in one, and starring everyone from Donald Trump and Stormzy, to Duran Duran and the Royal Family – because everyone has lived through Covid.

This film/concert is a world premiere.

The Be Festival runs from February 11-19 with a special winter programme featuring work from Switzerland, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Belgium.

Together it’s about stretching the boundaries of what theatre can be and dealing with a wide range of important contemporary issues, the full programme details will be announced on www.birmingham-rep.co.uk.

A musical journey for families of all ages is the theme of Coming to England, from February 19 to March 6, adapted by David Wood from a book by Floella Benjamin.

It tells of 10-year-old Floella whose parents leave Trinidad for England turning her young life upside down when she’s placed with a cruel foster ‘auntie’.

Eventually sailing to join her parents, Floella’s excitement for her new life in England is short-lived, with the family subjected to racism and intolerance in 1960s’ London.

Bursting onto the stage with music, storytelling, humour and pathos, this world premiere production brings Floella Benjamin’s award-winning book to vivid life on stage.

Fore more of what’s on at The Rep in 2022, visit: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/

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