Alan Bennett’s new play People to reopen Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Alan Bennett’s new play People will reopen Birmingham Repertory Theatre this September following the theatre’s two and a half year closure for refurbishment as part of the new Library of Birmingham.

Birmingham Rep and new libraryFollowing its sell-out run at the National Theatre, the play will commence its UK tour at The REP from 3 – 21 September.

Booking for this major production, and the rest of The REP’s exciting return-home season will open during the theatre’s 100th birthday celebrations in February.  Priority bookings for members will open on February 15th and for the general public on February 22nd.  Memberships start at £30.

People is Alan Bennett’s sixth play for the National Theatre; the others are The Habit of Art, The History Boys, The Madness of George III, The Wind in the Willows and Single Spies. Both The Habit of Art and The History Boys started their UK tours at The REP with both enjoying sell-out runs.

“People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is Dorothy to do? Her Archdeacon sister wants to hand the estate to the care of the National Trust, but Dorothy favours a more creative solution.”

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director at The REP says: “Alan Bennett’s acclaimed new play People will be a double premiere, opening our newly refurbished theatre and launching the National Theatre’s tour following its sell-out run in London. I look forward to announcing the rest of our exciting reopening season on February 15th.”

For details of memberships and priority booking for People visit or call 0121 236 4455. Casting for People will be announced at a later date.

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The REP is currently closed for refurbishment and will re-open to the public with their autumn season on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. To celebrate The REP’s 100th birthday this year, they are producing a season of new plays together with a REP100 exhibition and associated talks and events at the Old Rep Theatre, Station Street from 12th February to 30th March 2013.  Further information can be found at