Rabble were founded in the year 2000 and have since performed annually at the Abbey Theatre. Previous productions are listed below.
Rabble aim to introduce our members to high quality Musical Theatre. Productions make full use of the stage and technical facilities at the Abbey Theatre and always include a live band.
We make a lot of our own props, if you would like a behind the scenes peek at the magic of prop- building click here.
2020 - No show due to corona virus restrictions, 'We Will Rock You' has been postponed to December 2021
Crazy for You (The New Gershwin Musical)
5th, 6th & 7th December 2019
Gershwin's sumptuous music, performed as ever by Rabble Youth Theatre and a live band of willing volunteers.
The musical comedy Crazy For You charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show.
Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.
6th, 7th & 8th December 2018
Alan Parker's timeless, child film turned musical performed, as ever, with a live band. (In fact it's a condition of the license that this show is never performed with a backing track).
Rabble's Bugsy Malone brought splurge and custard pies in abundance.
A rip-roaring musical of joy.
(supported by a six piece band.)
7th, 8th & 9th December 2017
The Tony award winning Honk! by Styles & Drewe was a lovable toe-tapping musical. A charming twist on the story of the Ugly Duckling.
Originally produced at the National Theatre in 1999, Honk! has since winged its way around the world in over 8,000 productions. This heart-warming celebration of being different is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit and memorable score.
This show was performed on open stage with delightful over-sized bullrushes to create a 'Borrowers' feel duckyard. Supported by a six-piece band.
Monty Python's Spamalot, Young @part
8th, 9th & 10th December 2016
Rabble broke the mould, being one of the first youth theatre group's in the country to perform this Eric Idle approved youth theatre edition of Monty Python's Spamalot.
Featuring confused Finnish, exploding Holy Hand-Grenades, a vicious Rabbit and King Arthur and his knights on a quest to find the Holy Grail. If only he can sort out a shrubbery for the Knights who say "Ni" first.
This show featured explosions and custom built special video effects, and as ever, was supported by a live house band.
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
3rd & 4th December 2015
Based on the Disney film, Rabble commemorated the 150th Anniversary of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' with a production of Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Lewis Carroll's famous inquisitive heroine comes to life in Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr., a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!
Disney's Alice In Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced stage adaptation of the timeless film, featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."
4th & 5th December 2014
It's the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You're The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin' and many more.
So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand-jive the night away with the show that'll make you want to stand up and shout, 'A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!'
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
5th & 6th December 2013
Rabble performed Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's hit musical; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton on 5th and 6th December 2013.
Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
6th and 7th December 2012
It is nothing short of a global phenomenon. First came the hit motion picture, then the long-running television series. Now the screen sensation of the 1980’s is the stage sensation of the 1990’s and beyond!
Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), Fame-The Musical is bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work.
1st and 2nd December 2011
A grown-up story about growing up! When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year.
Easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumours.
With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.