Murder, mayhem and laughs on the menu at Assembly Rooms

Thursday, 28th May 2015

BLOOD-CURDLING intrigue, sleuthing and shocks galore are all on the menu at a dinner party like no other taking place at Tamworth Assembly Rooms next month.

But anyone who wants to experience the fully-interactive murder mystery evening needs to hurry as tickets to Sherlock Holmes & the Tale of the Tamworth Terror have almost sold out.

The classic whodunit will see the world’s greatest detective arriving on stage at the Corporation Street venue with his long-suffering ally and companion Dr John Watson on Saturday, June 6th, to deliver a lecture on the environmental benefits of bee-keeping in the district of Mercia.

However the proceedings will be interrupted with a series of unexplained and grisly deaths which must be investigated. Audience members will see the drama unfold before their eyes and will even help unravel the clues while enjoying a buffet platter, fine wines and beers.

Holmes and Watson must face their adversaries in a near-death fight to save the people of Tamworth in a classic piece of unscripted physical theatre with wicked characterisation.

Sherlock Holmes & The Tale of the Tamworth Terror is being brought to the Assembly Rooms by the Tamworth Borough Council Arts & Events team in conjunction with Fired Up Theatre and Tamworth Repertory Company.

The community arts project involves both professional and non-professional local actors and is the latest offering from the team behind previous successes The Wall, Quadrophenia and The Colin Grazier Enigma and is sure to be another hit not to be missed.

Limited tickets are available priced at £14/£12 concessions.

However, if you do miss out on Sherlock Holmes, or it leaves you wanting more, fear not, as Fired Up Theatre will be back with Tamworth Repertory Company in November for a second helping of murder mystery called Downtrodden Abbey.

A send-up of the acclaimed television series, Downton Abbey, the plot will see all the show’s best-loved characters embroiled in a comical whodunit as the Countess Dowager is suspected of foul play in the kitchen – or was Mrs Patmore’s rabbit pie to blame?

Lady Granthamum and her family have idled away their vast fortune on constant banqueting, partying, hopeless causes and illicit relationships and have been forced to seek new ways to save their beloved home.

They hit upon the idea of inviting a travelling theatre company to perform for their upper class friends, but murder is afoot when one of the performers is seemingly assassinated.

Members of the audience will be summoned for help as the Inspector of the Yard begins his investigations.

Downtrodden Abbey takes place on November 20th and tickets are now available at the price of £16/£14 concessions, or £100 for a table of ten people. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to book early as tickets are expected to sell quickly.

Tickets are available online at, 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.