Artistic Director Sean Foley has announced details for the theatre’s Autumn season which will take place in its current home on Centenary Square.

Iqbal Khan, Sean Foley and Madeleine Kludje (c)Kris Askey.

Details have emerged for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s 50th anniversary season which will take place at its current home on Centenary Square.

The newly announced programme is set to open with the 25th anniversary production of East is East, which will return to the theatre from the 4th to the 25th September. Written by Ayub Khan Din and directed by Iqbal Kahn, East is East was first seen on stage in 1996 and has since had three London runs and been transformed into a BAFTA award winning film.

This will then be followed on by a brand new musical titled What’s New pussycat? which will make its premiere at the theatre from the 8th October until the 14th November. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the musical brings together the songs of the singer Tom Jones with Henry Fielding’s classic comic novel – The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. Written by the Tony Award winning Joe DiPietro (Memphis The Musical), the show has the full backing of Sir Tom himself who has been consulting with the producers throughout the development.

From the 27th November until the 1st January 2022, The Play What I Wrote will arrive to entertain audiences over the Christmas period. Written by  Hamish McColl and Sean Foley and Eddie Braben, the production is also directed by Sean Foley and pays tribute to Morecambe and Wise.

Coming to England, based on the book by Floella Benjamin and adapted for the stage by David Wood is a new musical adventure for children. Playing at the theatre from the 19th February until the 6th March, this new stage show is based on Floella’s inspirational true story. Talking about the news she said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the musical production of my book ‘Coming to England’ which has been adapted by the fantastic award winning playwright David Wood, will have its world premiere at The REP early next year. I cannot wait to see the story about my experiences arriving in the UK come to life on the stage in front of audiences of all ages. What a wonderful way for a new generation of people to get to know this Windrush story.”

Tickets for all the newly announced productions are set to go on general sale on the 30th April. To keep up to date with all the latest information visit: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/