Phantom coming to Blackburn this Halloween

A Blackburn arts centre will be screening the classic 1925 silent film The Phantom Of The Opera complete with live music accompaniment this week.

The event will see a live quartet and solo singer perform the score to accompany the film at The Bureau Centre For The Arts on Friday 30 October at 8.30pm (doors 7pm). Tickets, which are priced at £10 (£8 concessions) are available by contacting Kerris on 07845 964802.

Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe. Audiences are invited to join them for one night only in Lancashire.

Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream is to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva.

Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux. His ghastly makeup and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film.

Minima’s music is a 21st-Century interpretation of silent and avant-garde film. The ensemble of drums, bass, guitar and cello combine hypnotic beats with classical arrangements, striking up a thrilling modern cinematic film score.

The show has been programmed as part of Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of touring, taking professional shows to rural venues, libraries and other unconventional theatre spaces.

Speaking ahead of the show, Spot On’s scheme manager, Sue Robinson said:

“Minima are one of the best around at live accompaniment to silent films and this show will certainly get people in the halloween spirit. It’s a great opportunity for those who aren’t familiar with the film to see an absolute classic. And for those who are, it’s a chance to experience it like never before!”