First Look At WOULD YOU BET AGAINST US? At Birmingham Rep Marking 40 Years Since Aston Villa’s Historic European Cup Win
Birmingham Rep, the city’s only major producing theatre, and theatre company Told By An Idiot have today released production images for Would You Bet Against Us?.
This world premiere production marks 40 years since Aston Villa’s historic win at the European Cup and is now playing at The Rep until Sat 4 Jun.
Tonight (20 Jun), European Cup Winners Dennis Mortimer, Tony Morley and Kenny Swain will join the cast for a post-show Q&A supported by AV40.
It’s 1982. Aston Villa beat Bayern Munich 1–0 to win the European Cup. They remain one of only five English teams to win the biggest prize in club football – yet no one thought they stood a chance. Around the corner, 16-year-old Paul’s geography teacher tells him he would amount to absolutely nothing. Aston Villa were complete underdogs. So was Paul.
Would You Bet Against Us? marks the 40th anniversary of an iconic event for Aston Villa, for Birmingham and for Paul. Created by The Rep and renowned storytellers Told by an Idiot and written by Brummie and life-time Aston Villa fan Paul Hunter, this is a hilarious, poignant, and uplifting show about challenging expectations and proving people wrong.
On Wed 25 May audiences can join Told By An Idiot Artistic Director, Paul Hunter, for a Pub Quiz as he tests how claret and blue your shirts really are.
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Photos courtesy of Manuel Harlan
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About Birmingham Rep
Birmingham Rep is the only producing theatre in the UK’s Second City.
The oldest building-based theatre company in the UK, The Rep has an unparalleled pioneering history and has been at the forefront of theatre in this country for over 100 years. It is a registered charity (number 223660).
The Rep’s mission is to create artistically ambitious popular theatre for, by, and with the people of Birmingham and the wider world.
The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of The Rep’s programme and over the last 15 years, the company has produced more than 130 new plays. As well as presenting over 60 productions on its three stages every year, the theatre tours its productions nationally and internationally. The Rep’s acclaimed learning and outreach programme is one of the largest and most diverse of any arts organisation in the country. Every year we have over 70,000 contacts with young people and adults in the community on projects from drama or writing workshops to large-scale productions. The Rep is also committed to nurturing new talent through its youth theatre groups, and it offers training for early career writers, directors, and artists through its ground-breaking Rep Foundry theatre-makers programme.
Many of The Rep’s productions go on to have lives beyond Birmingham. Recent tours and transfers include Animal Farm, East is East, The Lovely Bones, Brief Encounter, Nativity! The Musical, What Shadows, LOVE, The Winslow Boy, The Government Inspector, Of Mice and Men, Anita and Me, Penguins and The King’s Speech. The theatre’s long-running production of The Snowman celebrated its 25th anniversary as well as its 22nd consecutive season at London's Peacock in 2019.