Everything you need to know about the drive in showing of Six the Musical

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 4:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 1:03 pm
Will you be getting tickets for the drive in performances of Six the Musical? (Photo: Johan Persson/SIX)

The coronavirus pandemic saw the cancellation of events like concerts, theatre performances, sporting events and more due to the large scale gathering of people.

As restrictions are still in place for events for large gatherings of people, Six the Musical has organised a way for the public to still enjoy the musical production.

This is everything you need to know - from when tickets go on sale to how the performance will be set up.

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What is Six the Musical about?

Six the Musical showcases the story of the six wives of Henry VIII as they take to the mic to tell their tales.

It’s a modern retelling of their lives presented in the setting of a pop concert - the wives take turns singing and telling their story, discussing who suffered the most due to Henry and who should therefore be the group’s lead singer.

The wives perform in the order that they were married to Henry, so the order of performances goes:

  • Catherine of Aragon
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Jane Seymour
  • Anne of Cleves
  • Catherine Howard
  • Catherine Parr

The musical first debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 by Cambridge University students, who have since taken the musical to professional productions in the West End and internationally.

How are the performances taking place?

With the coronavirus cancelling all events with large scale gatherings, like concerts, sporting events and more, you might be wondering how this performance is going ahead.

Six the Musical will be performed in a Drive-In setting - you will drive to the venue and have a dedicated area where you can park your car. Within this area, which will be marked off, you can get out of your car and sit or stand to watch the performance.

You can bring your own folding seats to sit on in your area as well, but you cannot pass items into other peoples areas.

The performance will be amplified with concert quality sound from the stage and large high definition LED screens will provide a view of the performance for audience members no matter where they are parked.

The show will be performed live from start to finish with full choreography, costumes and musicians. The duration of the show is 75 minutes and there is not an interval.

What dates is it playing in the UK?

The show will be performed at 12 different venues across the UK, with performance times taking place at either 5pm or 9pm.

These are the dates that the performances are taking place in the UK, and their locations:

  • The National Bowl, Milton Keynes, 4 - 9 August
  • Liverpool Central Docks, 11 - 16 August
  • Leeds East Airport, 11 - 16 August
  • University of Bolton Stadium, 18 - 23 August
  • Teesside International Airport, 19 - 23 August
  • Bristol Filton Airfield, 25 - 30 August
  • Lincolnshire Showground, 25 - 27 August
  • Cheltenham Racecourse, 26 - 30 August
  • Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, 1 - 6 September
  • Newmarket Racecourse, 1 - 3 September
  • Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, 5 - 10 September
  • Colesdale Farm, London, 8 - 12 September

How do I get presale tickets?

Presale for tickets for the drive in show go live at 8am on Thursday 2 July.

When do tickets go on general sale?

General sale then goes live the next day at 8am on Friday 3 July.

You can buy tickets from the official Ticketmaster website here.

Because the tickets have not gone live yet, prices for the tickets have not been released either.

There are two ticket types available for purchase - a premium ticket or a standard ticket.

A premium ticket will guarantee you a location in the first three rows from the front of the stage as well as priority exit from the site at the end of the show.

Accessible tickets will also be available to purchase on Ticketmaster. If you have specific accessible requirements, you should complete this form after purchasing your ticket.

Important information

As this is a drive in event, there are some rules regarding vehicles that you should be aware of.

The following vehicles are not permitted:

  • Oversized vehicles (over 2m in height)
  • Coaches
  • Buses (including minibuses)
  • Campers
  • RVs
  • Limousines
  • Commercial vehicles such as vans
  • Light Goods Vehicles
  • Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • Vehicles with trailers

Party sizes must not exceed the number of legal seats in the vehicle, with a maximum vehicle capacity of six people.

Once parked and in position, cars must turn off their engines and lights, and they will not be able to leave the venue until the show has concluded.

There is also a list of restricted items that audience members are prohibited from bringing, in order to ensure everyone's personal safety.

The restricted items:

  • No drones, professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses
  • No items that could reasonably be considered a weapon
  • No drugs (including legal/herbal highs)
  • No umbrellas, flares, fireworks or smoke emitting devices
  • No gazebos
  • No underage drinking or alcohol consumption by the driver
  • No camping stoves of BBQ’s
  • Food or drink (apart from one 500ml sealed bottle of water per person)

Will there be food and drink vendors?

The website states that you will be able to purchase food and drink at the venue, and that more details will be available soon.

You are not permitted to bring your own food or drink, and you cannot order food to be delivered to the venue either. External deliveries will not be given access to the event site.