Lenny Henry to Star in Ruby's Rare Records, Stage Version of Radio Series, at London's Hackney Empire

By Mark Shenton
11 Dec 2013

Lenny Henry will star in Rudy's Rare Records: Last Shop Standing, a stage version of the popular Radio 4 sitcom, that will run at London's Hackney Empire for a three-week season in September 2014, prior to a U.K. tour.



It is written by Danny Robins, who has written four series of the radio program.

According to press materials, 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 (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.

The production will feature a live band onstage playing reggae, ska, funk and hip hop classics.

Henry's previous stage credits include Fences at the Duchess Theatre and the title role in Othello at the 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.