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The Show Goes On Despite Main Theatre Closed For Work
If the only public theatre in town closes then there's only one thing to do to ensure the show, or shows, must go on. So, with the closure of Tamworth Assembly Rooms for major refurbishment work, a number of popular events are to be taken out into the community to ensure that audiences in the Staffordshire town do not miss out this autumn and winter.

Productions by Tamworth Arts Club, Christmas concerts, and the ever-popular pantomime are now to continue under the banner of 'Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Tour' with the aim of making sure the theatre's regular users still get opportunities to perform while the venue is extended and modernised. And some unusual and exciting locations will be brought into use, such as St Editha's Church, a 'Big Top' circus tent in Tamworth Castle Grounds and a school theatre.

The Sound of the Musicals
Assembly Rooms 'on tour' starts with The Sound of the Musicals


The programme gets underway with Tamworth Arts Club presenting The Sound of Musicals: Showtime at the Landau Forte Academy Theatre in Ashby Road, Tamworth, between October 25 and October 29, with an additional 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. The show will include a range of songs from favourite musicals such as Miss Saigon, Joseph, Singin' in the Rain, and Oliver. Tickets are priced at £12.50 and £10 concessions, with family and group discounts available.

Some of the town's choirs, who regularly appear at Tamworth Assembly Rooms, will be given the opportunity to perform in the magnificent setting of St Editha's Church in the town centre for a special remembrance concert on November 12 to mark the centenary of World War One. We Will Remember will feature the premier of a new piece of music called 'War Child', commissioned especially for Tamworth.

The Sound of the Musicals
Dancers rehearse for The Sound of the Musicals


But the most ambitious undertaking will involve the staging of a pantomime with a 14-show run which, in the absence of Tamworth Assembly Rooms, will now take place under a Big Top in the town's Castle Grounds. The production of Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed for the first time in a large heated circus tent. The Big Top will be filled with some of Tamworth's best loved performers from Thursday 15 December to Thursday 22 December, with several performances taking place throughout the week. Tickets are priced at £14 and £9 concessions, with discounts for group and family tickets. There's also the option to upgrade to VIP tickets - with ringside seats and opportunities to meet the cast - for an extra pound.

St Editha's Church
St Editha's Church stages a WW1 centenary concert


In addition, Christmas would not be the same without the annual Amington Band Christmas Show, which this year will kick-start the festive celebrations from the Landau Forte Academy Theatre with a concert of yuletide classics. The show takes place on Saturday 17 December and costs £8 or £7 concessions. 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? Help Ensure The Shows Go On As Theatre Goes On Tour
When: 25 October to 22 December 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Landau Forte Academy, Ashby Road, Tamworth B79 8AA
Cost: Tickets for various shows from £7 concesssions to £14
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