Indiana Jones is heading to the Royal Albert Hall next spring – with a full concert orchestra along for the ride.
The iconic venue is holding a special 35th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s action classic Raiders of the Lost Ark on Saturday 12 March, with John Williams’ legendary score performed live and in full.
It will be the first time a complete Williams score has ever been played on the Hall’s famous stage.
Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “Raiders is one of the most purely enjoyable movies in cinema history, with one of the greatest, most instantly recognisable scores.
“We’ve wanted to bring Indy to the Hall for years and we’re delighted to announce that it’s finally happening. Thirty-five years on, this show will allow you to experience the magic of Raiders of the Lost Ark in a totally new way.”
The film’s story, inspired by the serials of writer George Lucas’s youth, sees archaeology professor and action hero Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and his feisty ex (Karen Allen) racing to find the famous Ark of the Covenant before a gaggle of despicable Nazis can get to it.
Also starring Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, a massive runaway boulder, a bazooka, several mummies and an ill-fated Arab Swordsman, it’s a non-stop rollercoaster ride touched with romance, sardonic humour and filmmaking genius.
Raiders was hailed as an instant classic upon release, topping the year’s box office charts, winning five Oscars and launching the legendary Indiana Jones series.
It is now regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made, placed at #2 by Empire Magazine – behind only The Godfather – and appearing in IMDb’s all-time top 50.
This UK premiere is the first show announced in the Hall’s film-and-live-orchestra programme for 2016. Upcoming presentations this year include The Godfather, Ratatouille and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
The two shows on Saturday 12 March 2016 will see John Williams’ spectacular score played live on stage by the 21st Century Orchestra as the film is screened in full.
Raiders of the Lost Ark Live
Saturday 12 March 2016: 2pm/7pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Tickets: £28-£73.90 (includes £2.50 booking fee and 2% card handling fee.)
Box Office: 020 7589 8212
For tickets and further info, check out www.royalalberthall.com