The Holiday Inn Hotel in Winchester, the UK, has recently started offering quite an unusual service theatre performance right in the hotel. The performing actors are from the Theatre Royal Winchester. They brought the Dante or Die ‘I Do’ from the stage right to the real location. The real time performance is surely one of most notable entertainment activities that guests can find in a hotel. The performance takes place in six guestrooms and is made just 10 minutes before a couple say ‘I Do’.
Currently, two plays are performed each day, and the audience is divided between six rooms. The performance is simultaneous in all six rooms. In order to see the whole story, the audience needs to walk from one room to another and see how the story unfolds. No need to say that the atmosphere of such a performance is very intimate and visitors can really enjoy the play.
Such an unusual performance was the idea of the Theatre Royal Winchester that asked the hotel to become the major sponsor of the event. The hotel’s team felt privileged to be chosen and gladly welcomed the idea. Both hotel staff and visitors were very excited about the idea of participating in such an unusual performance. As January/February is usually a quieter month, hotel staff was able to reserve some rooms for the performance and keep them away from occupied rooms in order not to disturb guests. The unusual event was covered in national and regional newspapers, and on BBS Radio, so the Holiday Inn hotel in Winchester surely benefited from it.