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Like most big English cities, Birmingham has a thriving drama scene.

Amongst its many excellent theatres, the most famous ones are the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Hippodrome and the Alexandra Theatre.

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, situated in Centenary Square, dates from 1913 and is home to one of the oldest, and most renowned, theatre companies in Britain.

Traditionally called simply "The Rep", it has an excellent reputation and regularly receives critical acclaim. Plenty of famous actors and actresses, including Laurence Olivier and Albert Finney, have all performed here.

There are two stages in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre - the 900-seat Main House, which is where most of the mainstream shows are performed, and the smaller 140 seat Studio Theatre, which is usually home to more experimental and cutting edge performances.

If you fancy going to a show, seats will cost you anything from £5 to £15 depending on what you want to see.

Alexandra Theatre

Birmingham Town Guide, Theatres, Alexandra Theatre, 2K This theatre is to be found on Station Street, just to the south west of New Street train station.

It has an excellent reputation and is often host to touring companies from the West End of London.

But more famously, the theatre is home to the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, an acclaimed company which is famous for its performances of Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Birmingham Hippodrome

This theatre is located on Hurst Street, just to the south of New Street train station. It is well worth a visit for it is widely acclaimed to be one of the best theatres in the whole of Europe.

The Hippodrome was built in 1899, originally as a circus ring. But it was soon used to host all manner of other entertainments including variety theatre, drama and music recitals.

The original building was built in a Moorish style, however it was replace in 1963 with a new classical design, which still remains today.

In recent years the Birmingham Hippodrome has become most famous for being home to the acclaimed Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the jewels of modern Birmingham.

However, the Hippodrome also hosts visiting theatre and dance companies and holds a variety of music and dance events throughout the year.

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