This holiday season, hospitality and Hollywood align at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills courtesy of an enchanting and exclusive partnership with LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, the critically acclaimed multimedia theatrical experience that celebrates the beloved holiday film in a uniquely Los Angeles fashion.
Debuting in tandem with LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE’s triumphant return to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, guests of L’Ermitage and theatregoers alike can enjoy this immersive holiday experience from stage to suite, including a festive overnight package, culinary creations inspired by the film, thematic, showstopping holiday décor, and more.
“Following a year when many have not been able to spend the holidays with loved ones, we were inspired to create something truly special that can only be unwrapped and experienced at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. In collaborating with the team at FOR THE RECORD LIVE, we are celebrating not just the spirit of the season but also the return of live entertainment and the joy that their best-selling show brings to people during the holidays. To quote the film, ‘Christmas is the time to be with the people you love’ and we look forward to bringing people together to make new holiday memories at L’Ermitage,” says Scott Berger, General Manager of L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
In proper celebration, the lobby at L’Ermitage will be transformed into a haute winter wonderland inspired by the film. Outfitting each area with merriment and subtle nods to the modern day classic, the space will be adorned with festive décor complete with a ribbon and bow-wrapped wall as the ultimate gift to guests. Serving as a luxe statement piece, a Christmas tree made of gold-plated wrought iron will stand at the hotel entrance to greet visitors in a chic and showstopping embrace designed by Emmy Award winning set designer Matthew Steinbrenner. Guests of the hotel will have an opportunity to dress the tree with custom locks inscribed with “to me you are perfect,” one of the film’s most iconic quotes.
Guests can be further enveloped into the holiday season thanks to the LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE package available at the property, featuring motifs from the production including eggnog truffles from celebrity chef Stephanie Boswell, an exclusive signed playbill, luxury travel to and from The Wallis for the performance, and two Mezzanine seats to enjoy the show (rates start at $725/night + tax).
Those looking to indulge in a fulfilling pre-performance experience are invited to enjoy a thematic culinary meal at Avec Nous with a limited-time holiday menu inspired by the show, featuring the likes of Mince Pies, Yorkshire Pudding, Pigs in a Blanket and Traditional Christmas Pudding ($62 per person; reservations available between 4:00-5:30pm), along with seasonal libations like the Pine Old Fashioned (whiskey, dram pine syrup, angostura bitters – $22) and the L’Ermitage Eggnog ($26). A special, English-inspired high tea service will also be served on matinee dates featuring finger sandwiches, gingerbread cookies, scones and more ($48 per person; reservations available between 11:00am-12:30pm).
Returning to the stage after record-breaking runs in 2018 and 2019, the illustrious LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE performance features iconic scenes from the beloved holiday film with an all-star cast of singers and live orchestra reimagining the film’s hit soundtrack. Serving as the biggest hit in the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ history, the show is back by popular demand with full force. Nearly 30,000 people gathered at The Wallis to experience LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE’s exceptional staging, state-of-the-art video design, and award-winning production, which Entertainment Weekly dubbed, “Pitch perfect! Such a celebration of love, the holidays, and the movie itself that it’s hard to not fall in love, actually.”
“Since its debut, we have sought ways to elevate and evolve the LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE experience while continuing to bring the holiday spirit of the show beyond the walls of The Wallis and into the surrounding community,” said FOR THE RECORD co-creator Shane Scheel. “Through our partnership with L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, we’ve found the perfect hospitality team to bring the remarkable experience to life for theatregoers to celebrate the grand return of live entertainment. The property’s location provides the perfect backdrop to create memorable moments for locals and visitors alike this season by offering luxurious pre-show dining, seasonal cocktails, and a best-in-class staycation option for those looking to fully immerse themselves into the magic of the Love Actually world.”
LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE and the accompanying hotel package will run from November 27th – December 31st. For more information or to book the LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE holiday experience at L’Ermitage, please visit lermitagebeverlyhills.com. To purchase tickets for LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE at The Wallis, please visit TheWallis.org/Love or call 310-746-4000. To make a pre-theatre dinner or high tea reservation, please call Avec Nous at 310-278-3344 or visit the restaurant on OpenTable.