Ricoh Arena announces 'Horrible Christmas' drive-in car park panto for December 14 - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Ricoh Arena announces 'Horrible Christmas' drive-in car park panto for December 14

Catherine Vonledebur 2nd Oct, 2020 Updated: 2nd Oct, 2020

COVENTRY’S Ricoh Arena is going to be staging its first ever drive-in car park pantomime this December – Horrible Christmas.

Families will be able to watch back-to-back socially-distanced outdoor festive performances of the show from the comfort of their own vehicle in car park A on Tuesday December 14 at 4.30pm and 7pm.

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. It is produced by Car Park Panto, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories team.

Actor and Manager of Birmingham Stage Company Neal Foster 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.”

Some of the creatives involved in Horrible Christmas, including Coalition Agency, were part of Car Park Party in the summer – a series of acclaimed outdoor comedy, theatre and music show and their latest festive creation aims to build on this success.

Paul Michael, Ricoh Arena’s commercial director, 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.”

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