Horrible Histories drive-in Christmas pantomime coming to Coventry

The outdoor show aims to recreate the traditional Christmas pantomime spirit, with a Horrible Histories twist, while adhering COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The Ricoh Arena in Coventry is gearing up to host its first-ever drive-in Christmas pantomimes this December.

Car Park Panto, a partnership between the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, will be performing back-to-back outdoor festive shows of Horrible Christmas in the venue’s car park.

The outdoor show aims to recreate the traditional Christmas pantomime spirit, with a Horrible Histories twist, while adhering to the relevant COVID-19 safety guidelines to keep the performers and audience both safe.

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.

The socially-distanced event will see families watch the performances from the comfort of their own vehicles.

There will be a traffic management team on-site to help vehicles park two-metres apart and scan tickets through car windows.

Neal Foster, a Horrible Histories actor and manager, said he “can’t wait to be back on stage in cities and towns that are crying out for a Christmas show”.

“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”, he added.

Paul Michael, from the 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.”

The pantomime is showing on Tuesday, 15 December at 16:30 and 19:00. For more information on tickets visit www.carparkparty.com.