The Rep is one of Britain's most successful and prestigious producing theaters, having achieved national recognition for quality and excitement. The theater offers an eclectic mix of productions. Past performances have included Noel Coward's Private Lives, Patrick Marber's award-winning Closer and a version of Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men. The theater also has a cafe bar, which is extremely popular in the evenings and on weekends, often offering live jazz.
A trip to Stratford is not complete without a visit to the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The theater was built in 1926 following fire damage to the 1879 original structure. Fortunately it was not completely destroyed during the fire; parts of the original building, a cross between a German castle and French chateau, are still clearly visible. A second auditorium, the Swan Theater has also been incorporated into the older part.
If you are looking for a day out in the open, a bit of drama and the chance to place a bet or two, look no further than the Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse. Steeple chasing has taken place here for almost 250 years with 14 meetings held each year between March and November. In between cheering on your favorite filly, enjoy refreshments from a tempting range of eateries and bars, or at the large picnic area at the center of the course. Although relatively small in size, the course is counted as one of the region's best. The racecourse also offers rental space for a variety of events, including corporate functions, wedding receptions and private parties.
Since opening in 1991, the Symphony Hall has been acknowledged as one of the finest concert halls in the world. The hall is home to the world famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and also plays host to visiting orchestras, celebrity recitals, non-classical acts and top comedians. It is one of the first ports of call for serious entertainment because of the fantastic acoustics; there is a reverberation chamber, a highly visual acoustic canopy and acoustic curtains.
Established in 1784, Birmingham Town Hall stands tall as a majestic structure where you can catch all the buzz around town. Built in the Roman Revival civic architecture, the building is a majestic regal sight. Several concerts, exhibitions, cultural events, festivals are held here and it is certainly the best place to get acquainted with the local music, art and culture.
Resorts World Arena is a fabulous event venue that is located within the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). This large venue has hosted big names and famous artists like Beyonce and Prince. Due to the arena's spacious size you'll find a wide range of events, including rock concerts, stand-up comedians, and so much more.
Millennium Point is the city's education hub. The expansive facility is home to a design school, a dedicated faculty for engineering, an acting school and it is also home to the popular Thinktank, a museum that's must for science aficionados. The center is busy with a variety of events, workshops, seminars and exhibitions, all centered around the theme of education and learning. Millennium Point's auditorium, promenade, the atrium and the outdoor Ingress, in addition to other spaces are also available for hire.
Housed in a historic structure is the Stirlings Bar, a local bar, and pub. You can tease your belly with delicious dishes listed on the three-course menu, the burger menu or the Sunday Roast. Complement your meals with drinks like beer or creative cocktails. The wood-furnished interiors ass a rustic appeal to the place. They offer rental spaces for private events.
This theater, that dates back to 1913, was the original home of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and the building still retains many of its original features. It has been the site of many important productions, and many well known thespians have graced its stage. Today, the theater is used primarily to mount productions by small touring companies and local theater companies, as well as productions for kids.
The New Alexandra Theatre is a beautiful Edwardian-style theater. Known as one of the top touring theaters in the country, many of the plays and musicals are of the best quality. The Alex (as it's fondly called) also stages a lot of West Indian comedies and plays, which may not always be the first choice of your average Joe Public theater-goer but which are often gloriously entertaining nonetheless.