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Horrible Histories bring their drive-in show Horrible Christmas to Newark Showground

Carpark Party lifted the country’s spirits this summer with the only national tour of comedy, theatre and live music shows.

After rave reviews from the public and press, they are back, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, to present Horrible Christmas.

Newark is one of the venues on the national tour, with three performances at Newark Showground this Sunday.

Horrible Christmas is being staged at Newark Showground. (43391470)
Horrible Christmas is being staged at Newark Showground. (43391470)

Just when you thought your Christmas show had been cancelled, Horrible Histories have come to the rescue with their own unique take on the festive season.

Horrible Christmas is the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today, enabling families across the UK to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced way, from the comfort of their own car.

When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day ­— but can he save Christmas?

From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the season.

Theatre manager Neal Foster, of Birmingham Stage Company, said the audience for live theatre was huge.

“We were thrilled to be invited to take part in the run of Car Park Party events around the country and were overwhelmed by the response of the audience, who were clearly delighted and relieved to see actors live on stage.

“We can’t wait to be back on stage in cities and towns that will be 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.”

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