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The Old Joint Stock Theatre

Theatre Birmingham
4 out of 5 stars
The Old Joint Stock Theatre 2
Sal Maxuda

Victorian theatre pub that hosts a busy roster of live events, including cabaret and comedy

Built in 1862 and designed by Julius Alfred Chatwin (who also contributed to the design of St Philip’s Cathedral opposite), the grade II listed Old Joint Stock started out as a parson’s library before being turned into the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank.

Many decades later, this eye-catching building now houses both a stylish bar that attracts suited financial workers and a small black box studio.

Opened in 2006 and holding around a hundred people, the theatre is accessed by making your way to the stairs at the back of the main room. As such, it's not the place for performers afraid of being up close and personal with their audience. As well as original plays, you’ll find touring comics making stop-offs on their way to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Seeking non-cultural sustenance? Check out the pies and a fine selection of ales.


Venue name: The Old Joint Stock Theatre
Address: 4
Temple Row West
B2 5NY
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-7pm
Transport: Rail: Snow Hill Station
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