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Musical Theatre
COVID-19 Precautions

Lauderdale’s resident cabaret artiste, Tim McArthur, will lead you in a gallop through all your favourite songs from a great selection of iconic shows along with the wonderful Abigail Carter-Simpson. If you don’t want to sing then come for the fun and 'actalong' to great classics such as Hakuna Matata, Chitty Chitty Bang, Bang, Doe A Deer and more!

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. After the success of last years summer Sing- Along, he is delighted to be returning to Lauderdale House for more show tunes and silliness. 

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

"Pick of the Day" -  New York Times

Abigail Carter-Simpson started her performing career off as an actress. She trained at the prestigious Guildford School Of Acting, gaining herself a degree in Musical Theatre. After graduating she appeared in many Off-West End productions and graced the stage of the likes of the Dominion Theatre, Prince Of Wales Theatre and . She spent a long while touring across the country in a No1 Children's Tour and even got the chance to perform over in Hong Kong & Singapore. From Shakespeare to Pantomime, Musical Theatre to Comedy  - Abi has earnt her stripes in the theatre world. 

She was also nominated for an OFFIE for her portrayal of Cinderella in Into The Woods (2018) and was nominated for the Wilma Awards - Rising Star Award (2017) 

After half a decade of performing on the stage she ventured into the world of Film & TV. She has appeared on BBC, ITV2 and you can see her in the Warner Brother’s hit Blinded By The Light (2019). She is set to appear in Series 3 of Agatha Raisin on Sky in July 2020!


If you would like to sit together, please book together, as this allows us to assign each booking a socially distanced space. This performance will take place on the Tea Lawn at the back of Lauderdale House. Chairs will not be provided so please bring either a picnic blanket or a chair to make yourself comfortable. 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, the whole group will need to be on chairs or on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two. We do also have a limited number of picnic tables and benches (see map below) available as group tickets – book these early to avoid disappointment. If you have a disability or any special requirements please get in touch with us. 


Seating Map



The performance will continue regardless of the weather unless unsafe. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and a warm jumper. We prefer waterproofs to umbrellas because umbrellas can obstruct views. Don’t forget that if you are on a blanket the ground may be wet so make sure you have a blanket with a waterproof side or bring aplastic sheet. There are no refunds for shows cancelled due to the weather.

Food and Drink

The cafe/bar will be open selling light snacks and drinks before the performance starts and during the interval. You can pre-order food and drinks for collection on the night here. Please select the date of the event and the time you wish the food/drinks to be collected. For this event you can pre-order food/drinks for before the event (select any slot out of 18:30 / 18:45 / 19:00 / 19:15) or for the interval (select the 20:00 – 20:15 slot). Check out the delicious homemade picnic ‘grazing boxes’ – but book soon as these are only available if ordered in advance. Please 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. 


COVID-19 Precautions

We want to ensure that audience members feel safe and comfortable. We will monitor changes, if any, to government guidelines in the run up to the event. Our current precautions and plans are below. 

On arrival we will:

  • Check temperatures. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'. 
  • Ask everyone to register for track and trace - via the QR code or entering details in our file.
  • Ask everyone to sanitise their hands.

We also ask that:

  • Audience members to stay 2 metres from people outside their ‘bubble’ or household where possible (and otherwise no less than 1 metre).
  • Audience members bring a face covering along with them for use indoors (when using the café or toilets). 
  • Audience members keep a distance when/if queuing for the toilets and cafe and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.