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), 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 and the Sugarhill Gang – all played live by an onstage band. Listen to our Rudy’s Rare Records Spotify playlist with music from the show below.

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.


“A stonking hit”
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Michael Billington, The Guardian

“It deserves to pack out houses”
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Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“A joyous, full-blooded production”
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The Stage

“A delight from start to finish”
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The Independent

“Infectiously uplifting and puts a smile on everyone’s face”
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Birmingham Mail

“Howlingly funny from beginning to end”
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Daily Express

“The good nature that Lenny Henry extracts from an audience…is so palpable that it’s almost an extra character on stage”
The Observer

“You can feel the love for Lenny Henry”
Daily Mail

“A fun, fast-paced evening of unashamed entertainment and toe-tapping tunes”
What’s On Stage

“An entertaining and heartening evening”
Financial Times

“It does for reggae what Billy Elliot did for ballet, what The Full Monty did for stripping and what Calendar Girls did for the WI. In short: sensational”
Express & Star

“The playlist wraps the audience in a warm Jamaican embrace”
Mail On Sunday

“It has undeniable charm”
The Sunday Times

“…an explosion of music, colour, pathos and ultimately, triumph”
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The Public Reviews

“Charmer of a play… it goes directly to the hearts of us in the audience”

“A proper feel good night out with plenty of chuckles along the way”
We Love Bearwood

“…sure-fire hit”
Lichfield Live

“Pure magic”
The Chronicle

“…fun, fast-paced evening of unashamed entertainment and toe-tapping tunes”
Stage Reviews

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TSS Reviews

“Everyone left with a smile on their face”
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Behind The Arras

“…a real feel-good play”
Weekend Notes

Don’t miss our REP EXTRAS for Rudy’s Rare Records…

Mandem on the Wall Club Night
6 September, 10pm, The STUDIO

In Conversation with Lenny Henry
13 September, 5pm, The STUDIO

Lenny Henry presents Poor White Trash and the Little Big Horns
13 September, 10pm, The STUDIO

Lobster – a local reggae influenced punk band
20 September, 10pm, The FOYER

Listen to our Rudy’s Rare Records playlist below…

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking

The HOUSE at The REP

  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
  • The HOUSE is The REP’s largest auditorium, seating over 800 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front and midway up on Row L.

    Built on democratic principals with no circle or boxes and with a saucer shaped rake, The HOUSE is designed so that all seats have a great view of the action.

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
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