Christmas entertainment is coming to Warwickshire in the shape of a Horrible Histories drive-in pantomime – but not until the New Year.

The theatrical spectacular means families can enjoy all the fun of a seasonal panto without leaving their vehicles.

A partnership between the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, Car Park Panto will be coming to NAEC in Stoneleigh early in January.

There will be five performances of Horrible Christmas, across two days, on Saturday January 2 and Sunday January 3.

Horrible Christmas will take visitors on a journey from Victorian villains to medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, in a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.

Famous characters in the drama include Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas – as they all join forces to save the festive season.

Lynn Gardner at NAEC Stoneleigh, said: “We’re are delighted to be able to host this pantomime and spread a little festive cheer.

“We are fortunate at NAEC Stoneleigh to have so much outdoor space and with over 19,000 car parking spaces on site, we are the perfect venue to host this event.

“We have been proven over the summer, that we can deliver outdoor events in a safe and secure environment for everyone that visits.”

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Horrible Histories actor/manager Neal Foster (Birmingham Stage Company) said: “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.”

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 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.

There are limited tickets for each show priced at £47 per car (£2.50 booking fee applies).

Horrible Christmas is also being staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, with two performances on Tuesday December 15.

Performances at Stoneleigh will take place on Saturday January 2 at 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday January 3 at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday October 9 here





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