Birmingham Ormiston Academy to takeover the Old Rep Theatre.
Following a two month tender process, Birmingham City Council has found the perfect match to breathe new life into the Old Rep Theatre.
Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), which specialises in creative, digital and performing arts for 14 to 19 year olds, will takeover the sub-letting and operation of the Old Rep Theatre from Birmingham City Council.
The Old Rep has been home to the Birmingham Stage Company since 1992 and a long-standing venue for amateur theatre companies.
Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted that Birmingham Ormiston Academy, which specialises in creative, digital and performing arts for 14 to 19 year olds, has stepped up to the mark.
The Old Rep is an ideal place for young people to develop theatrical skills, whether as performers or behind the scenes. We don’t have the funding for proactive programming or marketing so the theatre has not been used to its potential. I believe that Birmingham Ormiston Academy will breathe new life into this wonderful space and build on the work already being done there.”
The deal is expected to be approved by BCC cabinet next Monday (17/03). BOA will sub-let the theatre for five years, with an option to extend until March 2024 when the current lease expires. The building is owned by The Vyse Trust so any transfer remains subject to Landlord’s permission.
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