TAMWORTH Assembly Rooms is set to go out with a bang with a jam-packed final season of entertainment before the historic theatre closes for major restoration and improvement works.
The venue will undergo a complete transformation next year, including a new café and exhibition space, new box office, double glazed front doors and the addition of a glass studio space at the side of the building.
While the redevelopment will take the 125-year-old theatre into the future, it does mean that the artists, musicians and performers lined up to tread its boards over the next five months will be the last to do so before the new look is revealed.
The Assembly Rooms is set to close in February next year for an estimated 18-month period. While a programme of events will continue at other venues around the town, this season is the last chance audiences will have to see entertainment on the main stage for some time.
With that in mind, Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team has secured a great programme of events for the Assembly Rooms, packed full of music, comedy, drama and community shows to suit all ages and all tastes.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy, said: “The regeneration of Tamworth Assembly Rooms is the first stage of the ambitious £5.5million project to develop a Creative Quarter in the heart of Tamworth town centre and will allow us to secure the future of the venue and ensure that it continues to welcome and serve audiences for generations to come.
“What we really want now is for Tamworth Assembly Rooms to go out with a bang. It would be great if this chapter in the building’s history ended on a high. The Arts & Events team has worked hard to get some fantastic entertainment lined up and we hope people take the opportunity to enjoy the shows and soak up the atmosphere before its closure and transformation.”
Audiences have plenty to choose from in the coming months, with some 25 events – including two weeks of pantomime – still to play out on the Assembly Rooms stage.
Musical entertainment this winter will come in the form of Limehouse Lizzy, Abba Mania, Vision of Elvis, Matt Monro Jnr, Bee Gees Fever, Roy Orbison and Friends with Barry Steele, Herman’s Hermits, The Lindisfarne Story and David Hamilton’s Rock n Roll Back the Years Show.
There will also be Monster Mash wrestling, ballet with the Snow Queen, drama with Downtrodden Abbey and Vulgarities, comedy from Jethro and family entertainment with Hansel and Gretel.
And while the various community arts groups which use the Assembly Rooms will continue to be supported by Tamworth Borough Council during the refurbishment, many of these will also be taking to the existing stage one last time.
The final season will include performances from Tamworth Arts Club, TACT, Tamworth Male Voice Choir, Tamworth Voices, Amington Band, Tamworth Pantomime Company and Tamworth Scouts and Guides.
The full line up is available at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk where tickets for all shows can be purchased. Tickets are also available in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.