Blue Orange Theatre

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Blue Orange Theatre

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A newcomer to the city’s theatre scene, this venue is best known for its amateur productions and commitment to new writing

Not to be confused with the Joe Penhall play Blue/Orange (although let’s hope it stages it one of these days), The Blue Orange Theatre occupies a rather unique space on Birmingham’s theatrical map.

Unlike the many theatres that have celebrated 50 or even 100 years of thespian excellence within the second city, Mark Webster’s brainchild can’t yet lay claim to even five years’ existence. But in that short space of time, it’s made a considerable impact on the amateur theatre scene.

Opened in 2011 in Great Hampton Street in the Jewellery Quarter – a sector of the city that’s been deprived of its own theatre for a long time – the main room of The Blue Orange Theatre has an ‘in the round’ studio design, while there’s also a rehearsal space and a small café bar, all colour coded to the building’s name. 

Suiting its newly born status, Blue Orange is committed to presenting evenings of new writing at least twice a year, holding a number of sessions for writers to work on their scripts before putting them into production.

Rivalling The Crescent Theatre for productivity, Webster’s in-house company often tours across the Midlands and beyond, making it clear that – audiences permitting – this is a theatre that’s in it for the long haul.

By: David Baldwin


Venue name: Blue Orange Theatre
Address: 118
Great Hampton Street
B18 6AD
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