This small, part-time company was founded in 1996 to give challenging opportunities and wider experience to ambitious young men and women, who showed exceptional promise and absolute commitment as young actors, directors, composers and technicians working in theatre, TV and film.
Originally, invited company members were current and past pupils of Repton School and this gradually grew to incorporate undergraduates of University Drama Departments – many of whom have forged successful careers in the entertainment industry subsequently. The core ethos of respecting, learning and developing the key values of entertainment has remained and the company is only recreated when the potential membership is considered to fulfill the criteria laid down by the founders, maintained by the directors.
Rep Theatre has a unique association with the school. It is a charitable company with an independent board of directors and autonomous control over its own artistic output and casting. However, it enjoys enormous support from the school, benefiting from a generous financial commitment, professional advice and use of rehearsal space, outstanding performance venues and technical equipment.
The company has performed in Edinburgh Fringe on numerous occassions and has performed at fringe venues in London and Derbyshire with carefully considered productions of established plays by respected playwrights, as well as successfully show-casing new writing.
The company continues to welcome the support of its own alumni:
Founding & current Director: Past Head of Comedy and Comedy Entertainment at Tiger Aspect. Currently producer at Cave-Bear Productions, part of the Endemol Shine group. Film and TV Director and Producer, recently responsible for Benidorm (ITV), Grandma’s House (BBC), Bad Education (BBC and feature film), Backchat with Jack Whitehall, and Psychobitches (Sky Arts).
Past Artistic Director: Film and TV Director: Misfits, The Scouting Book for Boys (2010), This is England ’86, The Borrowers (2011), Peaky Blinders (2013), The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, War and Peace (BBC 2016).
Past actor: Film, Theatre, Opera and Games Director: Tiger House (2015), The Rules of the Game (2009), The Pride (Berne Theatre, Munich and Koninklijke Shouwburg, The Hague), After Miss Julie (Salisbury Playhouse), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Watermill Theatre), Invisible Mountains (Royal National Theatre)
Past actor: TV Producer: The Wright Stuff (Channel 5), This Morning (ITV)
Past actor: Actor: Nathan Barley (writers Charlie Brooker, Chris Morris, Channel 4, 2005), Absolute Power (BBC2), Man stroke Woman (BBC), Benidorm (2007 – 2014 Martin Weedon), The Crimson Field (BBC 1), War Book (with Antony Sher, dir. Tom Harper, 2014), The Lady in the Van (dir. Nicholas Hytner 2015), Marley’s Ghosts (Gold).
Past actor: Actor: Holby City (BBC1. Doctor Sam Strachan 2006 – 2008), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC 1, Winner 2008), Top Hat (Aldwych), White Christmas (Dominion), Private Lives (ATG tour 2016).
Past actor: Actor: Waking the Dead (BBC 1 Luke Boyd), Call the Midwife (BBC1 Jimmy) Casualty (BBC1 Doctor Ethan Hardy).
Founding & current Chairman: Drama teacher, directing productions at Repton School and Repton Preparatory School since 1987.