Lenny Henry stars in stage version of Rudy's Rare Records
The popular Radio 4 sitcom will be adapted for the stage at the Hackney Empire in September followed by a UK tour
According to press material: "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."
Featuring a live band playing reggae, ska, funk and hip hop classics, Rudy's Rare Records is billed as a "feel good funny night out about how desperate times draw families together, even when you can't stand the sight of each other."
Lenny Henry has starred in a number of recent stage productions. He won the Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award for his portrayal of Othello for Northern Broadsides, and recently completed a West End season as Troy Maxson in August Wilson's Fences, for which he is currently nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award.