The coronavirus crisis has given us plenty of streamed musical entertainment and, more recently, a flurry of pop-up drive-ins, but this month sees the two join forces as London gets its own socially-distanced, musical theatre drive-in.
If that many lockdown buzzwords excites you, get ready for 25th July when West End Musical Brunch, the UK’s biggest musical theatre party, is putting on a summer drive-in for socially-distanced musical theatre fans, bringing West End stars direct to your cars.
The team have enlisted the help of some serious stage pedigree to provide the entertainment, from Kerry Ellis, who’s starred in Wicked and We Will Rock You, to Alice Fearn, another Wicked alumnus as well as Come From Away, and Jon Robyns, fresh from the stages of Les Misérables and Hamilton. The trio will be kicking off the first performance, taking place in the uber glamorous Brent Cross Shopping Stadium Centre Car Park on Saturday 25th July, but a plethora of other musical artists will be announced for the rest of the run, which goes up until late August.
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Much like Live Nation’s upcoming gigs, the performers will be there in the flesh, live on stage, as well as projected onto huge TV screens for anyone, quite literally, in the backseats. Guests can stay in their cars and tune into the sound via a bespoke FM radio frequency or get out and dance to the tunes in their own designated, socially-distanced space, right next to their vehicle.
The aim is obviously to have fun, but all government advised safety measures have been taken into account, from tickets being scanned through car windows to all food and drink orders being contactless and delivered straight to your car and plenty of sanitation stations around the site.
A night out at the theatre with no Tube journey home? We’re in.
The West End Musical Drive-In will take place from Saturday 25th July – late August. Tickets are priced from £42.50 per attendee with up to six attendees per car.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Stadium Car Park, Stadium Road, NW4 3FP
Buy your tickets at www.westendmusicaldrivein.co.uk