New theatre company to bring the West End to your front door
Company members will perform songs from beloved West End musicals.
Although West End theatres will be allowed to reopen this week, not everyone will be able to see live theatre this Christmas. To combat this, Maria Friedman and Adrian Der Gregorian have formed a new company, Doorstep Productions, which will see actors perform on people's doorsteps, drives and gardens across the country.
Explaining the concept, Maria Friedman said: "Doorstep Productions started as an idea to go and spread some joy at Christmas.... Everything seems to be 'deliverable' these days, so why not the West End? "We can make such a difference to the isolated, the lonely, the grandmother separated from her daughter and grandchildren - we can bring people closer together, or celebrate a wedding or anniversary. Before lockdown, your family may have had to wait a year to see their favourite show. Well now you don't have to miss it. We can bring the best bits to you, and you don't even have to face the tubes and crowds. We can now bring it to your doorstep."
Doorstep Productions allows people to "book" a West End performance for themselves, or for family or friends. There's flexibility in the performance, where you can book between two to six performers. West End shows offered include Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music.
During the festive season, a "Christmas Carol edition" is available, where carollers and audience members can sing together.
To make Doorstep Productions work, a variety of suppliers have given their resources for free, including Nica Burns, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group, Cameron Mackintosh, musical director Fiz Shapur, costume designer Jonathan Lipman, costumiers Angels, wig makers Campbell Young Associates, Richard Mawbey, Lizzie Frankel for Propworks, Dean St Studios, Dewynters and Bob King Creative.
More information about Doorstep Productions can be found here.
Watch a trailer for Doorstep Productions below.
Photo credit: Doorstep Production company (Photo by Danté K Photography)
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