A “too well kept” secret

Nestling on the edge of Brindleyplace just off Broad Street is the home of one of the oldest theatre companies in Birmingham, offering a varied programme of amateur and professional theatrical productions, a Cinema and a Coffee Shop.

The current Crescent Theatre is our third home. The first dated back to 1931 when the then “Municipal Players” took on the lease of No’s 17, 18 & 19 The Crescent together with the derelict Baskerville Hall to the rear. After 9 months of rebuild and refit the first “Crescent Theatre” opened its doors in 1932.

After many successful years of running as a Membership theatre, the decision was made to begin raising funds for a purpose built replacement building on Cumberland Street, in part necessitated by the council giving notice that a large development was to go ahead on the current site. The second Crescent Theatre opened in 1964 complete with a unique and revolutionary revolving stage/auditorium. As it’s popularity and success grew, The Crescent Theatre broadened the artistic policy to include Musical Theatre. A studio theatre was included in the design to encourage new members to get involved.

The Crescent was faced with yet another development in the mid 1990’s when work began on developing the now “Brindleyplace” As the existing Crescent Theatre building stood in the middle of the site, now occupied by number six, RBS, it was agreed to move to a third modern building fronting on to Sheepcote Street. The £14 million project opened it’s doors in 1998 and remains our home today.

The Crescent Theatre is a thriving community theatre with links to many community and collaborative projects including Ladywood Safehaven Youth Group and many local schools, and Colleges. We also host many local amateur dramatic and operatic socities as part of a varied programme.

The Crescent Theatre Company, staffed entirely by membership volunteers produces as many as 20 shows a year, including an annual musical and our very popular Christmas “Wassail”. This added to a wide range of classic, modern and contemporary plays, everything from Mamet to Shakespeare, children’s classics by Rhold Dhal gives our membership and our audiences a season of great theatre year after year.

The Membership are the life-blood of The Crescent. Actors, directors, production assistants, lighting, sound and set designers are just a few of the roles you can fulfill when you become part of this unique group. Without them, The Crescent would simply cease to exist. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us or download an application form.

For more about the life of The Crescent, download “A Brief History Of The Crescent Theatre” for free from iTunes/iBooks