UK's Royal Albert Hall to go Back to the Future for movie’s 30th birthday

Posted Jan 13 2015

Set the clock to 4 July and power your DeLorean up to 88mph – Back to the Future is coming to the Royal Albert Hall for its 30th birthday, as its unforgettable score is played live and in full by a concert orchestra.

 

The UK premiere of Back to the Future Live in Concert will also include a very special treat for fans of the beloved time-travel film: around 15 minutes of new music written especially by original composer Alan Silvestri.

When it was first released in July 1985, Back to the Future was a sensation: a riotous mix of sci-fi, comedy and romance that wowed moviegoers and critics alike, making a star of Michael J. Fox – as hero Marty McFly – and receiving plaudits for its triumphant score, which was nominated for a Grammy.

Now, 30 years on, it makes its Royal Albert Hall debut, bringing its unique blend of skateboard stunts, guitar solos, aggressive Libyans, oedipal romance, knockout punches, DeLorean-based time travel and general unparalleled brilliance to the Hall’s famous 5,500-capacity auditorium.

Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “Like Marty McFly, we’ll be going 30 years back in time this July, as Back to the Future makes its bow at the Royal Albert Hall.

“We can’t wait to get our flux capacitors powered up for the show and, amazingly, Alan Silvestri has agreed to pen around 15 minutes’ worth of new music especially for the show.”

Back to the Future remains one of the most popular and influential films of the 1980s, telling the story of time-travelling teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), who winds up in 1955 and has to save the budding courtship of his own parents… while inventing rock ‘n’ roll.

A box-office smash, it was also named as one of the American Film Institute’s top 10 sci-fi films ever, and one of the best 25 films of all-time by IMDb users and readers of Empire Magazine.

Other films-with-live-score coming to the legendary venue this year include the world premiere of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, boasting Henry Mancini’s Oscar-winning score, the first ever performance of Titanic Live – conducted by composer James Horner  – and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, with music by Danny Elfman.

Rounding out the programme will be a reprisal of The Godfather Live, which sold out months before its premiere in December last year.

Back to the Future Live in Concert: 4 July, 2:30pm, 7pm
Tickets: £28-£68.80 (includes £2.50 booking fee and 2% card handling fee)
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Box Office: 020 7589 8212
www.RoyalAlbertHall.com

About the Royal Albert Hall:
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.

Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.

The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music for Youth through its Education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. The Hall is also a Strategic and Creative Partner for the Tri-borough Music Service, recognised as one of the country’s leading music education hubs appointed by the Arts Council.

For more information, please visit www.RoyalAlbertHall.com. Registered charity number: 254543

About IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency:
Back to the Future Live in Concert is being presented in association with IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.

IMG Artists is one of the world’s premier management companies in the area of classical and symphonic music, with broad experience booking and marketing live concert productions of major film and television properties, including Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Home Alone, West Side Story, and many others.   For more than three decades, The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency has been the industry’s leading film and television music agency, representing Hollywood’s most prominent and successful composers, songwriters, music supervisors and music editors, including composer Alan Silvestri.


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