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Help Town's Historic Venue Go Out With A Bang Before Uplift
An historic venue in Staffordshire is set to go out with a bang with a jam-packed final season of entertainment before shutting its doors for major restoration and improvement works.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms is to undergo a complete transformation lasting an estimated 18 months.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms
How the new Tamworth Assembly Rooms is expected to look

The work, which is scheduled to commence in February next year, will include a new café and exhibition space, a 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 transport the 125 -year-old theatre into the future, it does mean that the artists, musicians and performers lined up to tread the Assembly Room's boards over the next five months will be the last to do so before it gets its new look.

Roy Orbison and Friends, Tamworth Assembly Rooms
One of the final season acts before the Assembly Rooms close for refurbishment

Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team has put together a varied programme of events consisting of music, comedy, drama and community shows to suit all ages and all tastes.

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.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms
Tamworth Assembly Rooms before its 18 month transformation

Musical entertainment includes the like of Limehouse Lizzy, Abba Mania, Vision of Elvis, Matt Monro Jnr, Bee Gees Fever, Roy Orbison and Friends with Barry Steele, Herman's Hermits, and The Lindisfarne Story.

But the rest of the programme will see Monster Mash wrestling, ballet with the Snow Queen, drama with Downtrodden Abbey and Vulgarities, comedy from Jethro, and family entertainment with Hansel and Gretel.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Monster Mash
Wrestling forms part of the 'final' season

The final season in the old theatre also includes shows by local performers such as Tamworth Male Voice Choir, the Amington Band, and Tamworth Pantomime Company.

Regeneration of Tamworth Assembly Rooms is the first stage of a £5.5 million project to develop a Creative Quarter in the heart of Tamworth town centre.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit or call the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

Full list:
Oct 3: The Kast Off Kinks
Oct 9: Rocktoberfest
Oct 13-18: Calamity Jane
Oct 23: The ELO Experience
Oct 24: Monster Mash
Oct 25: Hansel and Gretel
Oct 30: Roy Orbison and Friends
Oct 31: Jethro

Nov 4: The Snow Queen
Nov 6: Limehouse Lizzy
Nov 7: Abba Mania
Nov 13: Bee Gees Fever Show
Nov 14: A Vision of Elvis
Nov 19: The Matt Monro Story
Nov 20: Downtrodden Abbey
Nov 21: Tamworth Male Voice Choir
Nov 27: Billy Mitchell & Ray Laidlaw, The Lindisfarne Story

Dec 1: Tamworth Voices Christmas Concert
Dec 4: Steve Wicketts Seeing is Believing Jerry-Lee Lewis Show
Dec 5-6: Belgrave Studio of Dance
Dec 8-10: Vulgarities
Dec 11: Herman's Hermits
Dec 12: Amington Band Christmas Concert
Dec 16-23 Aladdin
Dec 28-30: Aladdin

Jan 2-3: Aladdin

Feb 3-6: Gang Show
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Why? A Last Chance To Enjoy Historic Venue Before Transformation
When: 3 October 2015 to 6 February 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Corporation Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7DN
Cost: Tickets up to £21.50 each
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