WHILE the arts have been shrouded in trouble caused by the coronavirus lockdown, signs of a revival are showing after Theatr Clwyd decided to stage an additional outdoor performance due to high demand for tickets.

Chester and Wrexham-based Tip Top Productions were invited to perform Musical Magical featuring West End and Broadway songs in the open-air as part of a Welsh Government trial of socially-distanced performances in Mold.

The show, which will see audience members take their own camping chairs and rugs, has been directed by Phil Cross alongside a talented cast including Josie McHugh, Annie-May Howarth, Natalie Brett, Ashley Sollars, Rhian Lyon and Rob Lyon.

Mr Cross said: "We were amazed at how quickly the evening event sold out, it highlights that our membership and audience are really keen to see some live performances again after a long gap.

“We are thrilled that we've been given the opportunity to add a matinee performance, giving more people a chance to come and see us.”

Both performances will take place on from 3.30pm on Sunday, September 27 with strict social distancing measures will be in place.

Steve Davies, artistic director for Tip Top Productions, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for us. Like many of our friends in the performing arts, we are missing the thrill of live theatre.

“Performing as part of this Welsh Assembly trial season is a wonderful step back onto the stage and we hope that the success of this trial will pave the way for a full return for us all very soon.”