Celebrate Paddington's 60th anniversary in style at a unique and exclusive orchestral live experience.
This October, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane will come alive with marmalade sandwiches and a whole heap of fun when the classic film Paddington returns to the big screen accompanied by a live symphony orchestra.
Studio Canal and Heyday Films’ charming and ground-breaking film won over legions of fans old and new when it was released in 2014. Now, for the first time ever, the film will return to the big screen in high-definition alongside an orchestral performance of composer Nick Urata’s tender score.
Watch the original trailer for the film below:
From the much-loved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home.
Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to fear that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the Brown family. They read the hand-written label around his neck (“Please look after this bear. Thank you.”) and offer him tea, a name and a roof over his head.
It seems as if Paddington’s luck may have changed – that is until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a sinister museum taxidermist who has an old score to settle…
The film, written and directed by Paul King, is a live-action animated comedy and was first released in 2014.
Paddington stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of the little bear, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins star as Mr and Mrs Brown. Other stars in live-action roles include Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.
The hit film later received two nominations at the British Academy Film Awards for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. A sequel, entitled Paddington 2, was released in November 2017 starring returning cast members Whishaw, Bonneville, Hawkins and Walters alongside Brit-favourite Hugh Grant.
Now the original film’s return to the big screen in London will not only celebrate the little bear’s 60th anniversary but will also see Urata’s charming score brought to life by the 60 musicians of the Novello Orchestra, conducted by George Jackson.
Mixing a cinematic English wistfulness with upbeat Latin themes, the Paddington score has managed to create something that is both playful and disarmingly tender.
The gentler themes – like the lovely waltzing Journey from Peru and The Letter Home – blend piano melodies with subtle strings, while the more exuberant Latin-inspired tracks are bursting with percussion, brass, and Spanish guitars.
Hear them live and relive the adventure of the fun-filled family film this October.
Paddington in Concert comes to Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 14 October 2018. You can get tickets in our presale from 10:00 on Thursday 31 May right here.