Saturday 15 September: Theatre in the West Midlands Day School


Rediscover the vibrant theatre scene of Birmingham and the West Midlands. Speakers will give an historical overview of theatre, actors and playwrights: Professor Claire Cochrane will discuss ‘West Midlands Impressario’ Sir Barry Jackson, the Birmingham REP and the dynamism of influence; Soudabeh Ananisarab will explore George Bernard Shaw’s relationship with the English Midlands, particularly his involvement with Birmingham REP and Malvern Theatre Festival; James Kelly will explore the history of John Drinkwater and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre; Keith Parsons and Dr Pamela Mason will trace and assess the success of what has become a multi-million pound business based in Warwickshire, the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Enjoy the uncovered theatrical treasures of the BMI archives including photographs, tickets, programmes and posters.

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10.30am – 4pm, John Lee Theatre
£40/£38 for Members of the BMI and the Friends of the Centre for West Midlands History
(includes lunch and refreshments)


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