Behind The Scenes

One of Birmingham’s oldest theatre companies, The Crescent has been entertaining audiences for over 80 years. Originally based at The Crescent Cambridge Street and then on Cumberland Street, it is now in its third home on Sheepcote Street and forms part of Brindleyplace.

The popular theatre welcomes over 80,000 visitors each year and has a current membership of over 250 actors, technicians, and production volunteers. Hosting a wide range of events including Theatre, Live Music, and Cinema, its 300+ seat Main House, 100+ seat Studio, bar, rehearsal room and meeting rooms are also perfect for private functions, conferences, product launches, and more.

Ruth Collins, Theatre Manager

What do you do day to day?

Every day is different! From liaising with visiting companies and suppliers to carrying out health and safety audits, whilst of course looking after the company financials.

What’s your must-see production of the season?

It’s difficult to predict what this year’s will be for me, however as the set designer for the Christmas production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe I may have a slight bias this season! We produce 18 shows a year in house and play host to hundreds of external company events too so, for now, the jury is out.

How can young people get involved in the Youth Theatre?

The Crescent has its own youth theatre, CYT, which produces two shows a year to a very high standard. We are very proud of the wealth of young talent there is in the theatre. Anyone interested in getting involved should take a look at our CYT section of the website.

 

 

Andrew Lowrie

Andrew Lowrie, Chairman

What do you do day to day?

My role is much more strategic than hands on. Not everyone realises that The Crescent Theatre is actually a charity and my role is a voluntary one.

What else might people not know?

The theatre’s history dates back to 1923. It stemmed from a few City Council employees entertaining their colleagues with a Christmas party revue. They spent the next seven years raising money to help set up the theatre and it opened its doors in April 1932; the first ever show was ‘The Romantics’ by Edmond Rostard in April 1932

What other things are on offer at the theatre?

There are lots of different ways for people to get involved, from our youth theatre to costumes, props, stewards, and marketing. Most of our roles are voluntary so if you want to get involved email membership@crescent-theatre.co.uk.