Built in 1862 by Julius Alfred Chatwin, the establishment was originally designed as a library before becoming the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank. Lloyds Banks then took ownership of the premises in 1889 - the very same year as Birmingham recieved official City status.
More than a century later, and The Old Joint Stock is a stunning pub - making a wonderful feature of the original fixtures and fittings. One of the best pubs in Birmingham and beyond, it is the UK's highest seller of London Pride.
As well as our beautiful bar, we are also home to the Old Joint Stock Theatre, a professional 100 seat studio theatre. Our programme of shows is always busy and features everything from new writing to musical theatre to improv comedy and more! Visit our What's On page to see our upcoming shows, or pick up a programme next time you're visiting.
'Wonderfully intimate' - Behind The Arras
'Like a trip to Wonderland' - UoB Blogfest
'The Old Joint Stock theatre’s a hidden gem' - Lichfield Live
'An absolute jewel box of a theatre ... one of the Midlands' most perfect venues' - The Lichfield Blog
'If you like intimate venues, and you haven’t yet been to the Old Joint Stock – then be sure to put it on your list' - The Public Reviews
Founded in 2006, The Old Joint Stock Theatre is part of a Grade II listed building situated opposite Birmingham's beautiful St Philip's Cathedral, and right in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre. This grand building is home to a 105 seat black box studio theatre and is perfect for intimate performances.
The Old Joint Stock Theatre has a variety of productions all year round, with a mix of in-house productions, co-productions and visiting companies.
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company
Founded in 2012 and based out the Old Joint Stock Theatre, The Old Joint Stock Theatre Company champions big plays for small spaces.
We are currently gearing up for our Edinburgh 2014 production of Fragile, a new semi-autobiographical play by BAFTA-winning writer Geoff Thompson. Our 2013 Edinburgh show, Tea At Five, won Best Production Awards at Stratford-Upon-Avon Fringe and Birmingham Fest and gained glowing reviews from The Stage and The Times, and a feature on the front page of The Times.
The company is set for an exciting 2014;
-A Passion for Birmingham at Easter (a promenade co-production with Birmingham Cathedral)
-Tea at Five at Brighton Fringe
-Fragile by BAFTA winning writer Geoff Thompson at the Edinburgh Fringe
-Verbatim play Tell Me About Your Ex 2
-The Goon Show in association with Birmingham Comedy Festival
-Songs from a Ledge, a new blues musical
-Hit off-Broadway play, The Twelve Dates of Christmas
The OJS Theatre also programmes its sister venue in Croydon, which is currently on a run of fifteen successive sell-out productions.
Best Fringe Production 2013 (Central Region), The Public Reviews
Best Production, Birmingham Fest 2013
The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company
Founded in 2011, The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company has rapidly become a known starting point for young talented performers in the region. We aim to challenge what can be done in The Old Joint Stock space and thus create top quality, unique productions. We produce at least one full production annually, plus a number of smaller concerts throughout the year.
The Company is always looking for new members, and full productions will always hold open casting.
Rent (4 STARS Birmingham Mail 2013)
Avenue Q (2014)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2015)