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By midlandsmovies, Sep 23 2019 12:11PM


Lichfield’s famous Garrick Theatre is already well known for staging exceptional live theatre bringing star names, well known plays and musicals, events, comedy, one-night gigs and traditional pantomime to its stage.

This autumn the award-winning theatre will be adding to the entertainment offering by officially launching EVENT CINEMA in the theatre’s refurbished Studio Theatre.

Using state of the art digital projection and Dolby sound, EVENT CINEMA will offer an exciting programme of screenings this autumn/winter including the hit comedy ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ starring James Corden, in celebration of 10 years of National Theatre live on screen; The Royal Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ a special Christmas treat for all the family, and Royal Opera House favourite Bryn Terfell in a new production of ‘Don Pasquale’. The cinema will also screen blockbuster movies including ‘RAMBO: Last Blood’ starring Sylvester Stallone.

Lichfield Garrick Theatre’s Chief Executive, Karen Foster said: “For some time now residents of Lichfield and beyond have had to commute out of the city to attend a cinema. Here at the theatre we have listened to our local community, and as a registered charity, took the decision to invest money back into the building and create a cinema which will appeal to both theatre and cinemagoers alike.”

Further highlights include a Dementia Friendly screening of the musical film Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day; 42nd Street the Musical filmed live at London’s Drury Lane and PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE taking younger audiences on an epic comedy adventure.

EVENT CINEMA is situated in the existing Studio Theatre which has recently benefitted from the addition of brand-new seating. The 150-seater studio can be configured to host a variety of events including live theatre, conferences, seminars and outreach work.

EVENT CINEMA will officially launch on Thursday 3 October with a screening of WISE CHILDREN (live Recording) a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

In 2020 audiences can look forward to further live screenings as well as new film releases.

Tickets for EVENT CINEMA are available online at https://www.lichfieldgarrick.com/whats-on/cinema/and in person at the box office (open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and until 9.30pm on performance days) or by phone on 01543 412121.

By midlandsmovies, Jun 25 2016 08:14AM

After 35 years of Arts Excellence the Lichfield Festival brings the best national and international artists and performers to the West Midlands each year for a summer celebration of classical music, dance, drama, film, jazz, literature, poetry, visual arts and world music.

Not only holding a unique role in the city but within Staffordshire and the surrounding area, the Lichfield Festival has become an integral part of the region’s cultural fabric – a focal point for exciting and challenging artistic presentations of an international calibre, and a showcase for Lichfield’s own wealth of heritage, culture and creativity.

Read below to find out about this year's eclectic range of film events within its full programme for the benefit of the regions’ film fans:

Singin’ in the Rain (screening) Saturday 2nd July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre (studio)

Comedy, romance, great musical numbers, stars at their best and a fond recreation of a bygone moviemaking era: Singin' In the Rain has so much that it ranked a lofty 10th on the American Film Institute's 100 Best American Films list. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/2G-FILM-Singin-In-The-Rain/index.asp

Dial M for Murder (screening) Monday 4th July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre (studio)

Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit Dial M for Murder is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense, casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/4I-FILM-Dial-M-For-Murder/index.asp

Charlie Chaplin Silent Films with presenter Mark Kermode and the Orchestra of the Swan

Tuesday 5th July, 8pm, Lichfield Cathedral

There will be a screening of two Chaplin classics from the era with live accompaniment from the acclaimed Orchestra of the Swan, conducted by David Curtis. Film critic and presenter Mark Kermode hosts the evening and provides an introduction to each film. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/5C-Charlie-Chaplin-Silent-Films/index.asp

Cabaret/Circus: Hitch (live performance) Tuesday 5th July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre

Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club pushes cabaret to new frontiers. The show has been created by a troupe of international circus and cabaret artists, veterans of NoFit State Circus and the underground live art scene of London. Fancy dress is optional but highly recommended. Come as your favourite Hitchcock character! Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/5D-HITCH-Mary-Bijou-Cabaret/index.asp

Sunset Blvd (screening) Friday 8th July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre (studio)

The winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Screenplay, Billy Wilder's film-noir classic stars Gloria Swanson and William Holden as Norma and Joe, and features cameo appearances from real-life silent movie stars Buster Keaton and Anna Q Nilsson as themselves. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/8D-FILM-Sunset-Blvd/index.asp

Jazz: Hollywood Romance Friday 8th July, 7.30pm, Lichfield Cathedral

Hollywood Romance celebrates the art of popular song from the golden age of Hollywood. Expect to hear elegant, swinging settings of songs arranged by Callum Au and inspired by the legendary Songbook recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day and Sarah Vaughan. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/8C-Hollywood-Romance/index.asp

Comedy/Drama: Dinosaur Park Saturday 9th July, 7pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre

Superbolt Theatre's five-star production is an epic adventure of show-stopping, spine-tingling theatrics and megalithic mayhem. Direct from a sell-out London Season, and an official sell-out status at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, the show tours the UK for the first time! Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/9C-Dinosaur-Park/index.asp

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