Hull Truck Theatre’s Christmas show will be free to watch

Grab the popcorn, turn down the lights and get ready to re-create the theatre in the comfort of your own home this Christmas.

Hull Truck Theatre is allowing households to download their 2002 Christmas Show – Prince Charming’s Christmas Cracker for free.

It’s thanks to a partnership with the theatre, East Riding Council and Hull City Council, due to the theatre being unable to open due to coronavirus.

From festive music to karaoke, unexpected guests and lashings of humour, the theatre promise a ‘do’ like never before, with what is hoped to bring a dose of excitement and happiness at the end of this challenging year.

Rehearsals for Hull Truck’s new Christmas show, written and directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Babych, were just about to begin when the country went into its second national lockdown.

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With continued restrictions, uncertainty and acknowledgement of the impact art and culture has on wellbeing, the theatre’s two local authorities have stepped in to not only ensure the show can go on, but that it can be enjoyed by households across the region and beyond.

The theatre promise an interactive experience, with behind the scenes footage and unique backstage views, will make the streamed performance different to watching a film or show on TV.

After the initial streaming on Tuesday 22 December, the performance will be available on demand until 3 January, with schools, care homes and community groups encouraged to join in the festivities, with accompanying workshops and resource packs available.

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Janthi Mills-Ward, Hull Truck Theatre Executive Director, said “The streaming has been created to encapsulate those magical moments of a theatrical experience as opposed to a film or television programme, the production will give people the opportunity to enjoy the show together, even if they’re watching in different homes.

“Whether you want to get dressed up and recreate the theatre experience at home, create a den or stay cosy on the sofa, we hope the live streaming offers a festive experience for the whole family to enjoy.

“Theatre is a cornerstone at Christmas alongside this exciting project we have been working in partnership with KCOM to release four short family Christmas films in the run up to Christmas that are set across Hull and East Riding as we continue to connect friends, families and communities through the magic of storytelling.”

How do I watch?

The show will be available from 7pm on Tuesday, December 22 as Prince Charming throws open the palace gates for the annual Christmas ball.

Tickets aren’t required, the YouTube link will be made available on the Hull Truck Theatre website and social media channels.

Ticket holders due to attend the performances at Hull Truck have been contacted and offered a full refund.

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