DriveINSIDE: Live Theatre to Arrive in Manchester in May

DriveINSIDE Theatre opens its doors at the Trafford Centre on 13 May.

Beyond Theatre has revealed what is considered the ‘largest line up of live theatre’ in the UK, scheduled to take place in Manchester in May 2021.The news follows the earlier announcement that the creation of the venue brings with it around 1,000 new theatre-related jobs.

In this unique venue, which will be at Manchester’s Trafford Centre for four weeks from 13 May, the audience will drive to a dedicated parking space underneath Europe’s largest tent, a 68,000 sq ft marquee and the Theatrical Drive Jockeys will ensure the fun starts immediately. 

Creative Director, Paul Levin, explained: “We are looking to give our audiences more than just a great theatre show. We are looking to give them an “Entertainment Experience”. Once they drive into our theatre environment, reality is left behind and the entertainment begins.” 

The venue has been verified as COVID-19 secure up to and including Tier 3, because social distancing is maintained at all times and there is plenty of fresh air circulating thanks to being under an enormous tent that is open at the sides. This also ensures the performers and audiences are protected from inclement weather. People are only allowed to exit their vehicles on the driver’s side and then they sit outside their cars in their own private socially distanced, isolated area. A waiter to bonnet service is available for food and drinks.

Beyond Theatre has put together a fantastic and varied programme of more than 30 shows during a four-week period, starting on 13 May. The venue has a capacity of 800 people in up to 200 cars, which means a potential total of 24,000 people will be able to safely enjoy live theatre again in Manchester this May. 

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