TAMWORTH Assembly Rooms has been named runner-up in a Midlands-wide competition recognising the best of the best in arts and entertainment.
The historic Corporation Street venue was shortlisted in the What’s On Readers’ Awards after being nominated by readers of the arts and entertainment magazine. It was vying for an award in the ‘Best Small Music Venue, Staffordshire’ category.
More than 25,000 votes were cast across the competition as readers and members of the public went online to vote for their favourite venues, artists, events and productions.
Tamworth Assembly Rooms was named runner up in its category behind overall winner The Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent and ahead of The Madhouse and Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, The Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and the Prince of Wales Centre, Cannock.
Last year’s community outdoor performance of Tigress, which was led by award-winning Motionhouse Dance Company in conjunction with Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, was shortlisted in the Midlands-wide ‘Dance: Best Production’ category.
Andrew Barratt, Tamworth Borough Council Corporate Director for Growth, Assets & Environment, said: “We have put a lot of effort into increasing opportunities for people to participate and engage in the arts in Tamworth, particularly as part of last year’s ambitious I Am Tamworth initiative. Our recognition in the What’s On Readers’ suggest that the hard work has paid off.
“Tamworth Assembly Rooms is a fantastic historic venue, enjoyed by thousands of people every year, and members of the Arts & Events team work tirelessly to provide a jam-packed programme of entertainment and ensure that each event runs smoothly. I would like to congratulate all involved for their success in putting Tamworth on the regional map.”
The theatre is looking forward to an even brighter future as it is currently being improved and extended as part of a major refurbishment programme designed to bring it into the 21st century in terms of both appearance and accessibility.
Work to the Assembly Rooms will include the creation of a café bar and exhibition space, a multi-use area, a new box office and new glazed double doors at the front of the building for a more welcoming and inviting feel. The café area will be open throughout the day to allow the building to be used to its full potential.
A brand new glass extension will be added onto the side of the building which will be used as a studio space and lit up at night, while the windows in the main auditorium will be opened up to allow more natural light into the building.