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Welcome to Fridays Unlocked! We're so excited to be back with an amazing series of live outdoor performances on the beautiful Tea Lawn at the back of the House.

Tonight’s showtune night includes all your favourite songs from a great selection of iconic shows. If we can't ask you to sing, then you can join in with the actions and 'actalong' to great classics such as Hakuna Matata, Chitty Chitty Bang, Bang, Doe A Deer and more!

The versatile and charismatic Tim McArthur is joined by the vibrant and talented Sarah Dearlove, and on the keys musical director and pianist Ben Papworth.

Come rain or shine we'll be there to entertain you! Make sure you bring attire for all weathers! It's going to be a lot of fun! 

Don't fancy queuing up for your snacks and drinks? You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you.

We have done everything we can to keep you safe and make these events Covid-19 secure – please read the ‘What You Need To Know’ tab for more information. 

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

Covid-19 Secure
We want to make sure you and everyone else around you is safe so we will allocate you a specific area according to the size of your party, whether you are bringing chairs or sitting on the Tea Lawn.  

Every audience member will have their temperature checked on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds. 

Please help us to help you by following these instructions:

  • If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to the show - please stay home in line with Government Guidelines. Check for Covid-19 symptoms HERE.
  • If you are a vulnerable person who should not be going out please stay home - we hope we can see you in person soon but want you to stay safe.
  • Wherever possible please stay 2 metres from people outside your ‘bubble’ or household.
  • We strongly advise bringing a face covering along with you. 
  • Please co-operate with the stewards and volunteers when they show you to your seating area.
  • The toilets will be available but please follow the instructions in relation to keeping a distance when/if queuing and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.
  • The café will be open for purchases on the night. Please follow the instructions for queuing safely.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please arrive in good time. The Box office will open at 6pm. Please come to the box office at the front door ('East Entrance').
  • The Tea Lawn will be open for you to settle down and enjoy your picnics from 6pm. The show starts at 7pm.
  • We will check your temperature on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone who lives in the same household.
  • and make sure that we have contact details for everyone in the party - please write these out in advance and bring them with you.
  • Getting everyone settled will take longer than usual so please be patient – we promise not to start till everyone is in and comfortable.

We do not supply chairs. Audience members will sit on the Tea Lawn to watch the performance, so please bring either a picnic blanket or a folding chair to make yourself comfortable. We will ask you whether you are bringing chairs or blankets during the booking process. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group we will need you to all be on chairs or all on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two. If you have not said you are bringing a chair when booking and change your mind you will not be able to use it as it will block someone else’s view. 

The performance will continue regardless of the weather. Having run open-air events for many years, we know all too well that the weather can be deceptive and can change very quickly. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and an extra woollie!

Food and Drink
The cafe/bar will be open selling food and drinks before the performance starts.

You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you. 

Note that hot drinks cannot be pre-ordered but will be available from the bar.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 

When you book
We will be asking some extra questions when you book your ticket to ensure you and everyone else stays safe. In order to comply with the contact tracing scheme we are asking you to provide a name and phone number for each ticketholder. Please use the 'any special requirements?' box to make us aware of any ticketholders who are wheelchair users or have reduced mobility.

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

Tim McArthur 

Tim McArthur, recently celebrated 25 years working in the entertainment industry. He has lived in Highgate since 1997. He is a actor, theatre director, writer and presenter. Recent theatre role include The Baker in Into The Woods, Maurice in the comedy musical Bathouse and Sam Byck in Assassins. He has performed his solo show at Feinstein's 54 Below on Broadway in NYC, The Tada Theatre in NYC,  Drews in Chicago and the London Hippodrome and The Purcell Room. He presents the Curtain Up Show on Resonance FM and Healthy Acting on Men's Radio Station. He also created the comedy character Sister Mary who has performed several seasons at The Edinburgh Festival. He is delighted to be presenting his show Mountains at Lauderdale House. 

Critic’s Choice and 'Show- stopping Form' -  The Times

'Pick of the Day' -  New York Times

Sarah Dearlove

Sarah Dearlove's credits include A Tale of Two Cities – the Musical, directed by Paul Nicholas, Hot Flush the Musical UK Tour, Sweeney Todd (Mrs Lovett), Into The Woods, A Little Night Music, Songs For A New WorldGirlfriendsRippers 5Importance of Being EarnestMy Big Gay Italian Wedding UK Tour, She Loves MeRodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Rise & Fall of Little Voice UKTour, a UK tour of Sex in Suburbia. Plus two seasons of weekly rep in Sidmouth for Paul Taylor-Mills productions. In 2017/18 Sarah completed a 16 week tour of China in playing Hold Me Touch Me in The Producers for Selladoor Worldwide, was Swing/Resident Director on 2 UK tours of Menopause The Musical 2018/19. In Summer 2019 Sarah played Daisy in Keeping Up Appearances for Swanage Rep, then Christmas 2019 Sarah returned to Simply Theatre in Geneva to play the Tooth Fairy in The Night Before Christmas having performed previously there in George’s Marvellous Medicine & The Snow Queen. Sarah also has her own cabaret show Love & The Stage which has been performed at Above The Arts Theatre, London, her new show An Old Fashioned Girl is on hold having being postponed from May this year.    

Ben David Papworth

Ben David Papworth's credits as a Musical Director include Pirate Queen Music Assistant (The London Coliseum); Aladdin Pantomime (Daryl Back, White Rock Theatre Hastings); Tori Scott Pickled (UK Tour); Little Women (Italia Conti); Stages Fest MT Cruise (Royal Caribbean); Piramania! (Edinburgh Fringe 2019); Misfit Warrior (Edinburgh Fringe 2019); Singeasy (Piano Works West End); Bad Girls (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); Zelda Workshop (The Other Palace Studio); The Big Smoke Festival (The Other Palace Studio); Keith Kat Klub (Phoenix Arts Club); The Wind In The Willows (The Alban Arena. St. Albans); Equinox (UK Tour); Island Song (Tristan Bates Theatre and The Nursery Theatre); Snow White and Beauty and The Beast (Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford) and JMT (Arts Educational Schools). He has worked in cabaret with Divina De Campo, Steph Parry, Tori Scott, Drew Baker, Velma Celli, Keith Ramsay, Scott Hunter, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Adam Dawson, Tim McArthur, Ryan Anderson