The Birmingham Rep

The Birmingham Rep

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Hand-cast, solid concrete sculpture of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This limited-edition piece will stand on a flat surface such as mantlepiece or windowsill. Perfect for lovers of brutalism and Birmingham to celebrate one of the city’s finest concrete buildings

Material: Cast concrete.

Size: 16cm high x 25cm wide.

Weight: 1.2 Kg.

Edition size: 200

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BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE: GRAHAM WINTERINGHAM - 1972

In 1971 the theatre company moved from Station Street to a new 901 seat theatre designed by Graham Winteringham on Broad Street, in the area that would later be developed as Centenary Square. The building itself won a Royal Institute of British Architects award in 1972. The concrete arcade of the façade facing onto Centenary Square was designed so that it would reflect in a water pool which was proposed but never built and the building had also been sited centrally in the original city square

The Rep expresses its internal functions openly, the 22 meter high fly-tower rising above the main stage being the most obvious example of this. The bowed facade and concrete arcade are like curtains of a stage ready for a performance. Everything about it articulates the grandeur of theatre.

In 1972, the Studio opened; it became an example of innovative theatre nationwide. It targeted young audiences and showcased new writing. This building is one of Birmingham’s most refined pieces of concrete architecture.

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