Actors Maria Friedman and Adrian Der Gregorian have founded Doorstep Productions, a new venture that aims to bring the West End to people’s doorsteps.
While most theatres remain closed, Doorstep Productions will introduce the stage to people’s driveways. With the official support of the West End community, including Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, Nica Burns and Sonia Friedman, the pair have put together a group of West End and Broadway performers to perform on people’s doorsteps, drives and gardens, throughout Britain.
Performers will be in costume and star as characters from people’s favourite shows, allowing you to give the gift of a West End performance on the street where that someone special lives.
Lots of great musical ideas are available via the website. Performances will be designed for you with the help of the company’s expert creative team, with the option to book two to six performers.
With every booking, Doorstep Productions will give a donation to various acting charities, and for the upcoming festive season, there is the opportunity to gather together or share with your neighbours an exquisite Dickensian close harmony carol singing experience!
Maria Friedman said, “Doorstep Productions started as an idea to go and spread some joy at Christmas. We were to be dressed head to toe in beautiful, Dickensian costumes, holding lanterns and singing carols outside hospice windows, care home gardens and some other socially isolated folk. Everything would be Covid safe. It then suddenly struck me, ‘Why not do what we do best, but on the street where you live…?’ 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.”
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