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Repertory or rep, called stock in the U.S., is a term used in Western theatre and opera.

A repertory theatre can be a theatre in which a resident company presents works from a specified repertoire, usually in alternation or rotation. In the British system, however, it used to be that even quite small towns would support a rep, and the resident company would present a different play every week, either a revival from the full range of classics or, if given the chance, a new play, once the rights had been released after a West End or Broadway run. The companies were not known for trying out untried new work, however. The methods, now seldom seen, would be also used in The United States, Canada, and Australia.

In cinema

A repertoire theatre is also the name for an art house theatre: a theatre that presents more alternative and art films as well as second run and classic and cult films.

The first documented art house theatres were the Guild and the Studio, both in Berkeley and reviewed and/or programmed by Pauline Kael.




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