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Panto Moves To The Big Top As XMas Takes To The Road
The show must go on, even if the town's only theatre venue is closed for major refurbishment. And so it is that Tamworth's Christmas entertainment is still going ahead despite the town's Assembly Rooms venue currently being off limits to the public. There promises to be plenty of festive entertainment in store for audiences this December as Tamworth Assembly Rooms goes 'on tour' with popular events being taken out into the community while the theatre is closed for refurbishment.

Jack and the Beanstalk
The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk are moving home

Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team has been working with groups, including Stage It!, Amington Band and Tamworth Pantomime Company, to ensure the show still goes on this winter. December's programme kicks off with Tamworth Stage It! Academy's Christmas song and dance spectacular, featuring performances from children aged four to 16. Instead of the Assembly Rooms, Stage It! At the Movies is this year being performed at the Landau Forte Sixth Form Academy in Ashby Road, Tamworth, on Sunday 11 December, from 1.30pm. The show will take audiences on a journey through some of the most memorable movie scenes in history from The Lion King and Blues Brothers to Mary Poppins and The Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets cost £8 and £6 for children and concessions.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Big Top
Panto comes to the Big Top this Christmas

The closure of Tamworth Assembly Rooms also created a need to find a new venue capable of hosting several performances of Tamworth Pantomime across a two-week period. As a result, audiences can now expect the once-in-a-lifetime pantomime experience of seeing Jack and the Beanstalk performed in a large, heated Big Top circus tent in Tamworth Castle Grounds. The panto opens on Thursday 15 December and continues with matinee and evening performances until December 22. Tickets are priced at £14 and £9 concessions, with discounts available for family tickets and group bookings, with a group of 10 or more paying £8 each.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms
How Tamworth Assembly Rooms will look when it re-opens

If local people need further help in getting into the Christmas spirit then the annual Amington Band Christmas Show is packed with festive favourites from start to finish, with the help of special guests Tamworth Arts Club. Taking place at Landau Forte Sixth Form Academy on Saturday 17 December, the show will feature classic carols and popular hits including The Snowman, Once in Royal David's City, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, All I Want for Christmas is You and White Christmas. Tickets to the 7.30pm show cost £8 and £7 concessions.

Tamworth Castle Grounds
Tamworth Castle Grounds to stage a panto in a circus tent

Councillor Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: "The regeneration of Tamworth Assembly Rooms represents a significant investment in the future of our arts and will provide Tamworth performers and audiences with a modern theatre fit for the 21st century. However, ensuring that the arts scene continues to thrive during its closure is a top priority and a lot of work has been done by the Arts and Events team to ensure the groups which regularly perform at Tamworth Assembly Rooms still have opportunities to perform. As well as helping to make sure the show goes on, Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Tour also gives people the opportunity to experience these shows in some unique locations, such as the Big Top."

Tickets for all shows are available online, from the Tourist Information Centre in Marmion House or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.
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Why? The Shows Will Go On Even If The Venues Change
When: 11-22 December 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7NA
Cost: Panto tickets £14 and £9 concessions
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