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See Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert

The classic movie is going on tour this year accompanied by a live orchestra.

See Steven Spielberg’s classic 1981 film like you’ve never seen it before this year, with Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert.

When the iconic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released almost forty years ago, it not only launched the legendary Indiana Jones franchise but was hailed as an instant classic. It even went on to top that year’s box office charts and won five Academy Awards – including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Score for John Williams’ unforgettable compositions.

Now, the Oscar-winning movie is about to embark on a nationwide tour like never before, where fans can see the picture back on the big screen, accompanied by a live orchestra performing the award-winning music in full.

Raiders of the Lost Ark begins in 1936, where professor of archaeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones is tasked by US Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend, an old foe, and an ex-flame falls somewhere in between. Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.

Starring Harrison Ford in the title role, Raiders of the Lost Ark co-stars Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, Paul Freeman as French archaeologist René Belloq, John Rhys-Davies as Sallah, Ronald Lacey as Gestapo agent Arnold Toht and Denholm Elliott as Indiana’s colleague, Marcus Brody.

Celebrated for it’s action-adventure setting and use of visual effects and set-pieces, Raiders of the Lost Ark pays homage to action heroes of the 1930s film serials. Written by Lawrence Kasdan from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, it modernised these old-style adventures like never before, as, almost shot-for-shot, Indy is put to task in booby-trapped rooms and through nail-biting escape sequences.

It is the first film in the Indiana Jones film franchise – although is technically the second in terms of internal chronology – and was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. As a character, Indiana Jones has also appeared in countless video games, novels, comics and other media.

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, Raiders of the Lost Ark ranked as No.7 on Empire’s list of the 100 greatest movies of all time and has been included in the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as having been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Now the film will be given a new lease of life as John Williams’ iconic score is performed live.

Take a look at the trailer below:


Tickets for Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert are available in our presale, which opens at 10:00 on Thursday 1 March 2018 here.

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