The Royal Albert Hall has confirmed that audiences will be able to catch Star Wars: A New Hope with full live orchestral accompaniment for the first time ever in the UK this November.
Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra (who performed on the original soundtrack in 1977), the live concert and screening will be performed for five performances between the 16th and 18th November.
The shows will form the centrepiece of the Royal Albert Hall’s dedicated Star Wars season, a special celebration including Q&As, concerts and family events. Star Wars: A New Hope will also tour the UK following its UK premiere.
Talking about the news Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “During our nine years of pioneering the Films in Concert concept, there’s one movie that’s been requested more than any other, and that’s Star Wars: A New Hope. We’re ecstatic to announce its UK debut at the Hall this November, with the London Symphony Orchestra confirmed for this once-in-a-lifetime show. There’s simply no film – or score – that’s more iconic.”
Taking place 30 years after after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness).
Since being released in 1977, the iconic film series has so far produced eight sequels and prequels, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The iconic score by John Williams is one of the most easily recognised in film history, going on to win the composer an Oscar and being selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest ever written.
Star Wars: A New Hope in concert will take place at the Royal Albert Hall from the 16th to the 18th November. For more information visit: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/star-wars-a-new-hope-in-concert/