Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Broadway Black
Broadway BlackBroadway Black

Across The Pond

Across The Pond: Rudy’s Rare Records Premieres at Birmingham Rep

In our quest to bring you the latest and greatest in theatre news where people of color are concerned, our efforts will not be confined to the stages of the continental US. That said, news recently broke that Rudy’s Rare Records will be premiering at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in London September 4th through the 20th.

Based on the successful Radio 4 series, this funny and touching comedy is set in an old reggae record shop in Birmingham.

Owned by the irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker – Human Traffic, Lamb), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering son Adam (Lenny Henry ), the shop is stacked with vinyl. With Rudy’s chaotic approach of “if it ain’t on the shelf, it’s on the floor” clashing with Adam’s need for calm and order, the record shop becomes a battleground of bickering, snickering, breaking-up and making-up played out to the shop’s foot-tapping soundtrack. However, when the threat of developers looms, father and son must put their differences aside as they battle to keep the music alive.

Featuring music by Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley and the Sugarhill Gang – all played live by an onstage band.

Lenny Henry is of the country’s best-loved personalities and foremost talents and has established himself as a formidable actor. He won the Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award for his portrayal of Othello for Northern Broadsides and completed an acclaimed tour and West End season in August Wilson’s award-winning Fences. Lenny will be joined by other members of the radio cast.

Written By


You May Also Like

Breaking News

Big wheels keep on turning! As we’ve watched for the past year many Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End productions fall silent as the coronavirus...

Events and Happenings

Slowly but surely, live theatre is reopening on the West End. And Juliet announced plans to reopen in May 2021 after closing due to London...

Across The Pond

Update: As of December 16, 2020, London placed Tier 3 restrictions. Nimax Theatres announced that they are suspending performances at all of their theatres...

A Must See

This is a really special announcement. Back in November when we interviewed Amber Riley for The Wiz Live!, before she blew us all away with...