Everything’s coming up roses at The Courtyard this season as its film programme includes four iconic musicals to be screened as part of British Film Institute’s (BFI) Musicals! The Greatest Show On Screen season.
Screenings from The Courtyard, which are presented in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network, include a singalong version of Doris Day classic, Calamity Jane (U) (Wednesday 29 January, 5.00pm) where audiences can also enjoy a free barn dance session from 4.00pm; a showing of Ken Russell’s 1975 British independent rock musical Tommy (15) (Thursday 30 January, 5.00pm) and a Valentine’s Day screening of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (PG) (Friday 14 February, 5.30pm), a romantic drama musical that is sung in French with English subtitles. Tommy (15) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (PG) are both being re-released by the BFI as part of the musicals season.
In addition to the three Courtyard screenings, The Courtyard Cinema will be hosting a special singalong screening of all-time classic The Sound of Music (U) in the iconic Hereford Cathedral building. Audiences are welcome to bring cushions and blankets to cosy up with and fancy dress is encouraged, with prizes for best and most inventive costume. Refreshments will be for sale on the night and wheelchair spaces, hearing loop and relaxed areas are all available.
The BFI is the lead body for film, TV and the moving image in the UK and, via the BFI Film Audience Network, works with venues like The Courtyard to ensure the best programme of cinema screenings are brought to audiences across the county.
“We’re delighted to be bringing both classic musicals and rarities to cinemas across the UK in Britain’s biggest ever celebration of the musical,” said Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive and BFI Musicals Programmer.
For more information or to book tickets to any of The Courtyard’s film musicals call the Box Office on 01432 340555 or visit courtyard.org.uk.