The Assembly Hall Theatre tell us which shows we should be booking right now…


The Assembly Hall Theatre continues to thrive with an exciting mix of theatre for audiences to enjoy and 2017 offers one of the most dynamic programmes in recent memory. A great opportunity to see West End shows on your doorstep.
Ruth Rendell, one of Britain’s best-loved authors, has delighted fans for decades with her dark, intricately plotted crime novels. The creator of Inspector Wexford and author of more than 60 novels, A Judgement in Stone is widely considered to be one of her greatest works and is undoubtedly, the queen of psychological crime at her thrilling best.

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, Bill Kenwright presents a new production of Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone which unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.

Bruce Guthrie’s brand-new production of the legendary, multi-award-winning rock musical Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess. Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La Bohème, Rent features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème.

From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories, Birmingham Stage Company brings you the world premiere of brings you the world premiere of his amazing story Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the first major revival of this national treasure will embark on a UK tour in 2017. Shirley Valentine will star much-loved actress Jodie Prenger as Shirley. With a career spanning over four decades Willy Russell is undeniably one of the most successful playwrights of his generation. Shirley Valentine was adapted into an Oscar nominated film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.

The Wedding Singer, the beloved 80s classic, is a full on, unashamed musical celebration of the 80s when hair is huge and greed is good. Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar, a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Starring Ray Quinn (Glenn), Ruth Madoc (Grandma Rosie) and Roxanne Pallett (Holly), this musical is packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.

Last but not least we have Flashdance the musical. Hard on the heels of Fame, Dirty Dancing and Footloose comes Flashdance, an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dreams.

Tickets can be booked online on or in person at The Gateway. (Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or alternatively at the Assembly Hall Theatre counter on Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm and from 90 minutes before a show’s advertised start time.