50 AND STILL GOING STRONG

50 AND STILL GOING STRONG
The Worcester Repertory Company celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 and to mark the milestone a new young company will take ‘centre stage’.

What do Celia Imrie, David Harewood, Imelda Staunton, Bonnie Langford, Sean Pertwee and a whole host of other household names have in common? They started their illustrious careers as members of the Worcester Repertory Company. 2018 will see the Worcester Repertory Company turn 50, having been founded in 1968 by its first Artistic Director, John Hole, and one of the ways that the current company will mark the milestone is by forming a new youth company to give more performance opportunities to talented young performers in Worcester.

Ben Humphrey, Associate Director of the Worcester Repertory Company and the Artistic Director of the newly formed Young Rep, is thrilled about the anniversary and the chance to mark it in such a way. “Worcestershire has such an incredible base of talent and for the past 50 years the Worcester Repertory Company has provided a home for some of the most talented people in the industry. The link between young people in Worcestershire and the professional Rep company has always been an important and vital one. This is perhaps best exemplified by the success of the Swan Youth Theatre’s Rufus Norris, who joined the professional Rep company from the SYT and then went on to become the Director of the National Theatre; arguably one of the best theatrical jobs in the world.”

The Young Rep will be producing their first production, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in Spring 2018 and are now looking for talented young people to join the new company to tackle one of the greatest plays ever written. Macbeth will be given a public run on the Main Stage of the Swan Theatre and also receive a special gala performance to which current and former members of the Worcester Repertory Company as well as associated VIPs will be invited.

If you’re interested in auditioning for the new company then visit www.theyoungrep.co.uk for more information and to register for an audition.

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