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“backstage tour, talk and meal in brasserie - fab evening”

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ltd.
Ranked #17 of 288 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Having organised an event for women in business association after several years away due to the theatre's closure, anticipation was high for this event. It did not disappoint - with a talk by the general manager, Trina Jones explaining how the Rep maintained its core business and staff during the refurbishment for the building of the new library, to the explanation of the backstage design/production crew, followed by an interesting backstage tour including to the wigs and prosthetics department, it was all topped off by a tasty two course meal in the brasserie.
Great service, good quality food, professionally served and attentive service all round, a good evening was had by all.
Despite it being the 'closed season', interesting to watch the Scottish National Theatre setting up stage to rehearse a production before returning to Scotland to perform it.
Think it whetted the appetite for many to either do a public tour, go for a meal or see a production. Looking forward to returning in September for the Kite Runner production.

Thank Janette R
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I was lucky enough to join a business networking group in a back stage tour or the workings in the Rep. Our guides told us lots of tit-bits of the history and famous actors whilst showing us the main auditorium (where the Scottish National was setting up for a show), the wig and make up departments, the wardrobe department and the work shops where the sets are built. I appreciated the fact that the seating arrangement in the main auditorium is democratic - everyone gets a great view with no one in front of you blocking your view. The tour was finished off with a great meal and social for networking.

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

Now, this is a really good theatre. Great staff! Most seats are excellent and wonderful acoustics.

Disabled access is first class, facilities are excellent and the seats are comfortable with good legroom.

It has excellent parking nearby, is well signposted and it has a restaurant and bar.

My only negative comment is that no matter how big a show is on, there are never enough bar staff on. That said, order your intermission drinks as you order your predrinks in the ground floor and they will be there.

Superb staff, great venue and great acoustics, it doesn't get much better!

Thank Communinja M
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

First time at The Rep and loved it. This production of Under Milk Wood was in The House and we found the seats very comfortable with plenty of leg room. We also found the seats easily - which is often a challenge in itself.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. The toilets were very clean and in sufficient numbers to avoid unnecessary waiting.
The accoustics, heating and lighting seemed just right to us.
The Theatre itself is easy enough to find but i think the directions to the car parks on the website could be clearer. I'm starting to get into the negatives now which are only minor niggles. The bars could be better organised. We only noticed 2 bars and they only had one member of staff on each so the queues were quite lengthy. Some of the seats seemed difficult to access for those of more advanced years in the audience but there seemed reasonable provision for wheelchairs and walking aids.
Birmingham is really spoilt for theatres now but the USP of The Rep is that even though it is a good size it has a lovely intimate feel to it.

Thank hunslet49
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

First time in the revitalised having been a regular of the earlier layout. This play was presented in the studio theatre and the venue has kept all of it's intimacy which enables the productions to be so immersive. In this production you are pitched into the living room of a suburban Birmingham Sikh family, sitting amongst the photo's and relics of the widowed Matriarch Jeeto as she presides over a conventionally dysfunctional family. The performances are very strong even if some plot points feel very manufactured and therefore undermine the credibility of the character. The story matter, zameen, izzat and what makes family are well trodden but are invigorated with warmth and humour. All the cast do a good job but it is Sudha Buchar who dominates proceedings although Lauren Crace as Liz and Preeya Khalidas as Reema are also notable.
It's nice to have the rep functional again.

Thank Rus F
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