Starring Lenny Henry, a short three-week season of a stage version of Rudy’s Rare Records: Last Record Shop Standing is planned for September 2014 at Hackney Empire before a UK tour.
Award winning writer Danny Robins has written four series of the popular Radio 4 sitcom Rudy’s Rare Records with Lenny Henry.
Rudy’s Rare Records is a tiny down-at-heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham. It’s one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is “if we don’t have it – them don’t mek it”. It’s owned by the charismatic, irrepressible, cantankerous Rudy Sharpe, reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering son Adam (Lenny Henry), but when the threat of developers looms, father and son must put their differences aside as they face a battle to keep the music alive.
Rudy’s Rare Records has a live band onstage playing reggae, ska, funk and hip hop classics, and is a really uplifting and humorous night out, showing how desperate times can draw families together, even when you can’t stand the sight of each other.
Lenny Henry’s stage credits include Fences at the Duchess Theatre and the title role in Othello at Trafalgar Studios, for which he won the Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award.
For further details, contact the box office on 0208 985 2424
or visit www.hackneyempire.co.uk
Wednesday 11th December 2013