The Old Rep Theatre is one of Birmingham’s most historic theatres. Originally the home of the Birmingham Repository Theatre, the theatre is the oldest purpose-built repository theatre in the UK and presents a programme of theatre, comedy, dance and musicals all year round. The Old Rep, based on Station St, was built in 1912 to act as a permanent home for Barry Jackson’s local amateur theatre group The Pilgrim Players, which later became the Birmingham Repository Company. The company eventually moved to a newly built theatre in 1971, while the Old Rep fell under the ownership of Birmingham City Council. However, the company temporarily returned to the Old Rep between 2011 and 2013 while the new Birmingham Repository Theatre underwent redevelopment. Since 2014 The Old Rep has been operated by the performance arts school Birmingham Ormiston Academy, showcasing professional productions as well as amateur student performances while hosting regular classes on the site. The highlight of the venue is its well-preserved 385-seater auditorium, which retains many of its original features.