Families will be able to get into the Christmas spirit and take in a festive pantomime without leaving their vehicles.
The Ricoh Arena is set to host two outdoor show of ‘Horrible Christmas’ on Tuesday, December 15.
Vehicles will be welcomed into car park A, which is located behind the north stand at the venue, for the ‘socially distanced’ events which start at 4.30pm and 7pm.
The shows will be staged by Car Park Panto, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories.
Horrible Christmas tells the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VI and St Nicholas, as the audience are taken on a ‘hair-raising adventure’ with a boy who is trying to save Christmas from a jolly man dressed in red.
Some of the organisations involved in Horrible Christmas, such as Coalition Agency, also held similar outdoor comedy, theatre and music shows in the summer, known as Car Park Party.
Neal Foster, a Horrible Histories actor and manager, said: “We can’t wait to be back on stage in cities and towns that are crying out for a Christmas show to entertain their families.
“As you’d expect from Horrible Histories, it’s not a traditional pantomime, but a journey through the story of Christmas in the company of the season’s most fabulous characters. It’s the perfect story for families this winter, as one young boy battles to save Christmas for the world, in this hilarious, joyous and moving celebration.”
Organisers have said they will be ‘adhering to all current Covid-19 social distancing guidelines to ensure everybody has an enjoyable and very safe experience’.
Tickets will be scanned through the windows, so no human contact necessary.
There will be a range of food and beverage offering available at the event along with toilet facilities.
Paul Michael, Commercial Director at Ricoh Arena, said: “As a leading destination for events, we were determined to think how we could generate some festive cheer creatively and safely, and the Horrible Christmas pantomime is absolutely ideal.
“A similar concept captured the imaginations of families back in the summer and we’re expecting more of the same this time, so I’d urge families to book their space as soon as possible.”
Based on the best-selling books written by Terry Deary and published by Scholastic, The Birmingham Stage Company first launched Horrible Histories live on stage in 2005 with the world premieres of Terrible Tudors & Vile Victorians.
Since then the Birmingham Stage Company has produced 18 different Horrible shows, performing to over three million people in the UK, including the longest running children’s show in West End history, with its record-breaking series Barmy Britain.
Horrible Histories live on stage has also become a worldwide phenomenon, performing in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, New Zealand and Australia, where it performed in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
How much does it cost?
Full ticket information will become available today (October 1) at carparkparty.com but the cost for each ‘sleigh car’ that enters is £45, plus a £2.50 booking fee.
There is no age restriction and there is no limit on the amount of people who can be in vehicles, but they must be within the vehicle’s legal limits – and adhere to the government COVID-19 guidelines on mixing households.
All audio is controlled by your own vehicle, and vehicles cannot be left overnight.
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