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Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love movie season

Watch some loved-up classics in the unique surroundings of The Royal Festival Hall.

This August will see the Southbank Centre present a three-week series of film screenings in the Royal Festival Hall as part of its Festival of Love. This adds yet another amazing event to the capital’s burgeoning slate of summer films and is sure to be a real highlight of the season.

Forming the centrepiece of this series, aptly named Love at the Movies, will be three screenings of David Lean’s iconic 1945 film Brief Encounter with live orchestral accompaniment performed by Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (15, 22 and 29 August).

Southbank Centre’s newly commissioned live orchestral accompaniment will feature pianist Leon McCawley and conductor David Charles Abell. Lucy Fleming, the daughter of film legend and leading lady in Brief Encounter, Celia Johnson, will give an introduction to the film live from the stage and the event will also include a complete performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 – the work used as the backbone to Brief Encounter’s iconic soundtrack – before each screening.

The series will also feature 9 love films including classics such as Casablanca (13 August) and The Graduate (27 August); celebrated musicals such as West Side Story (14 August), Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge (20 August) and South Pacific (28 August); Bollywood’s 21st century classic Devdas (21 August); and Sing-a-long-a Grease (16 August) and Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing (23 August) complete with on-screen lyrics, fun bags and a fancy dress competition, both produced by Singalonga Productions Ltd in association with Park Circus.

Audience members are encouraged to dress up as a favourite character from the films and each week-day screening will feature free, themed events in the foyers including opportunities to dance, sing and even make your own cocktails.

Love at the Movies slate – August 2014.

love at the movies

Wednesday 13 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Casablanca film screening
All tickets £10

Thursday 14 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
West Side Story film screening
All tickets £10

Friday 15 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
David Lean’s Brief Encounter
Film screening with live orchestral accompaniment
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Leon McCawley (piano)
David Charles Abell (conductor)
By arrangement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films.
Tickets £45, £30, £20

Saturday 16 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Singalonga Grease film screening with audience participation
All tickets £16

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Moulin Rouge film Screening
All tickets £10

Thursday 21 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Devdas film screening
All tickets £10

Friday 22 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
David Lean’s Brief Encounter
Film screening with live orchestral accompaniment
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Leon McCawley (piano)
David Charles Abell (conductor)
By arrangement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films.
Tickets £45, £30, £20

Saturday 23 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Singalonga Dirty Dancing film screening with audience participation
All tickets £16

Wednesday 27 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
The Graduate film screening
All tickets £10

Thursday 28 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
South Pacific film screening
All tickets £10

Friday 29 August 2014, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
David Lean’s Brief Encounter
Film screening with live orchestral accompaniment
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Leon McCawley (piano)
David Charles Abell (conductor)
By arrangement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films.
Tickets £45, £30, £20

Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love 2014 is dedicated to the theme of love. Hundreds of artists, communities and partners will participate in creating a festival that will explore the many different facets of human love – from romantic love and the breakdown of relationships, to the harmony (or disharmony) between nations and the concept of memorials.

The festival has been running since 28th June and ends on 31st August. Featuring a wide-ranging programme of themed weekends, performances, talks, outdoor art installations and urban greenery across the site, one of the highlights, in celebration of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act becoming law in England and Wales this March, will be the mass wedding event for opposite sex and same-sex couples on the finale festival weekend.

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

For tickets and further information, check out their website www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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