Leading Theatre Historian Leads REP100 Celebrations

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A leading theatre historian, from the University of Worcester, will lead part of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Centenary celebrations this weekend.

Professor Claire Cochrane has published two histories of the Rep - Shakespeare and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre 1913-1929 and Birmingham Rep: A City’s Theatre 1962-2002, as well as numerous other shorter articles.

Professor Cochrane is the REP100 Historical Advisor, for the theatre’s centenary celebrations. This weekend, there will be two days of talks and panels about both the history of the theatre and its influence and importance in contemporary theatre, to mark the 100th birthday.

As part of REP100 Weekender, Professor Cochrane will be interviewing the well-known British Asian actor and writer Meera Syal and chairing panels of leading women playwrights and actors including Bryony Lavery, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Janet Suzman.

Professor Cochrane said: “This promises to be a very exciting weekend. Not only will there be an opportunity to remind theatre goers of the importance of Birmingham Rep in the history of British producing theatre and stand on the same stage that launched the careers of actors such as Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, but I’m really looking forward to meeting and talking with Meera Syal and encouraging, what I’m sure will be more lively discussion about the role of women in today’s theatre."