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Centre stage

The refurbishment of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre represents a summer season of 20-hour-a-day work implementing the first phase of a development plan. Deadlines were tight and met just moments before, a few weeks ago, the theatre's first performance - Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams. Pawson Williams Architects spent four hours negotiating with the fire officer just before curtain up - including worrying moments standing in total darkness while demonstrating the emergency lighting.

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