Friday, February 23

‘Queen by Candlelight’ and ‘Power Ballads Live’ come to Manchester’s newest venue

Manchester production company, Tightrope Productions Limited, is bringing two incredible sing-along shows to The DriveINSIDE Theatre – Manchester. It is the world’s first theatre that you drive inside and is Manchester’s newest entertainment venue.

The DriveINSIDE Theatre is COVID compliant and provides an immersive experience for 800 people and seating for every audience member. Simply drive in, get out of the car on the driver’s side and take your seats to the side of your vehicle. Unlike other drive in venues, this one is covered by Europe’s largest megatent, so no need to worry about that famous Manchester rain – the show will go on!

Managing Director of Tightrope Productions, Daniel Wood said: “Tightrope Productions is thrilled to be employing Manchester artists and musicians in what might well be the first theatre production to hit our city since March. This is one of the most exciting projects that I have ever been a part of. This venue is very special and provides a real immersive experience for our audience. Actors will welcome vehicles and will interact with our audience before the show. There will also be a full bar and food service to your seat although the alcoholic drinks will just be for those in the passenger seats!”

Daniel added: “The two shows are guaranteed to rock Manchester audiences. We are delighted to bring back Power Ballads Live! to Manchester- a show that packed the O2 Ritz out last year. This show features a 16-piece band and four epic rock vocalists performing some of the biggest and best loved power ballads of all time!’ From Don’t Stop Believing and I’d Do Anything For Love to I Will Always Love You and Bohemian Rhapsody, audiences can dance and sing-along in their very own socially distanced space!”

The second show is a brand-new production, Queen by Candlelight. This production has already sold out for two performance at The Monastery, Manchester at the end of the year and will once again feature epic rock vocalists from London’s West End, accompanied by an incredible live band performing some of Queen’s biggest hits.

Joel Harper-Jackson is a Manchester based actor who recently starred in the Kinky Boots UK Tour as Charlie Price. Joel is co-producer of these shows and is performing in both, he said: “As a Manchester born performer, I am so thrilled to finally get back to work with these two incredible shows. We promise you an unforgettable night to finally let your hair down and sing along with us in this really exciting new venue.”

Joel will be joined in the Queen by Candlelight shows by West End stars Rory Taylor (Rent, Thriller Live), Simon Gordon (Bat Out of Hell, Girl From The North Country) and Sandra Regan. Power Ballads Live! will feature Joel Harper Jackson, Simon Gordon, Sandra Regan and Eloise Davies. 

The new venue, The DriveINSIDE Theatre, is right in the heart of Manchester’s theatre scene, opposite Home and behind Manchester Central and The Bridgewater Hall on Medlock Street.

Queen by Candlelight will take place on October 2nd and 3rd, 2020.

Power Ballads Live! is on October 9th, 2020.

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