Birmingham Rep announces completion of 50th anniversary season

The cast of Counting and Cracking which plays at The Rep in August. (Credit: Brett Boardman)

Artistic Director, Sean Foley has today added to Birmingham Rep’s 2022 programme of work, marking the completion of the theatre's 50th anniversary season.

The Rep’s offering as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, a 6-month celebration of culture that surrounds the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, will include the newly announced, critically acclaimed production from Australia; Counting and Cracking which runs from 19th-27th August. The production arrives at The Rep as one of only two venues in the UK to host this epic story.

It joins the previously announced world premiere of the stage adaptation of Floella Benjamin’s award-winning and iconic book, Coming to England (which opens on 31st March) and another world premiere with Playboy of the West Indies - The Musical, a glorious new musical with a toe-tapping, finger-snapping score firmly rooted in the Caribbean which will be on stage between 10th June and 2nd July).

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is generously supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund. Artistic Director, Sean Foley said:

“To have been able to programme and deliver a whole year of shows for The Rep in its 50th year in its ‘new’ theatre on Centenary Square has been a privilege; that it has also coincided with such an important year for the City is an incredible honour.

“Birmingham is on the move: the world’s most important super-diverse City has the Commonwealth Games in its sights, and The Rep does too. These shows celebrate and interrogate how the legacy of Commonwealth has enriched our shared culture."

To book tickets to these, or other productions, visit or call 0121 236 4455.


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