Harry Potter Film Concert Series will return to the Royal Albert Hall to unlock the Chamber of Secrets

As six sold-out screenings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ in Concert come to a close at the Royal Albert Hall, the venue has delighted fans by revealing that the sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert, will follow next year.

The three shows, featuring John Williams’ iconic score played live by the BBC Concert Orchestraconducted by Justin Freer, will run from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 April 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second in the phenomenally popular eight-film series based on J. K. Rowling’s novels, and follows a thrilling year in the life of Harry, Ron and Hermione, where cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf pays Harry a visit to warn him of what lies ahead this year in the world of wizardry.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in concert 27-29 April 2018 ©2002 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re delighted to announce that the Harry Potter Film Concert Series will be returning to the Hall – along with a full symphony orchestra – for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert.

“These very special screenings will allow audiences to relive the magic and adventure of this extraordinary film in high-definition on a 40ft screen, while experiencing John Williams’ epic score as they’ve never heard it before.”

The Grammy-nominated score by five-times Oscar-winner Williams became an instant classic, as the composer conjured a succession of magical motifs.

This film concert series has been created by CineConcerts, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and will be conducted by its creator and producer, Justin Freer. He said: “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It was with great pleasure that we introduced an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen, and it makes for an unforgettable event.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in concert 27-29 April 2018 ©2002 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling.

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts, producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added: “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this magical world, and to the many wonderful magical characters who inhabit it.”

Tickets for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, priced at £28-74, are on sale now from www.royalalberthall.com.

For more information about the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, go to www.harrypotterinconcert.com.

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Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch to star in 20th anniversary production of Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh

Marking the 20th anniversary of its explosive British debut, Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs comes to Trafalgar Studios starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter; My Name is Emily) and Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight; Through A Glass Darkly).

When Walsh’s breathtaking breakthrough play premiered, the Guardian commented that it didn’t so much debut at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe as erupt there. It was awarded both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award.

Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.

As we follow these two extraordinary teenagers through the streets of Cork City, drinking and dancing their way into the night, we witness with startling clarity how the nature of friendship can be changed forever. Endlessly playing with their own unique language, it’s impossible not to be swept along by their sense of youthful abandon. Desperate for a world beyond their mundane, everyday existence – amidst the bright lights of the Palace Disco – they draw us into their orbit, refusing to let us go.

Enda Walsh comments, “It seems shocking that Disco Pigs is 20 years old – but I trust that Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell under the stewardship of John Haidar – will brilliantly send Pig and Runt crashing through their chaotic joint birthday.”

Enda’s other accolades include the Caméra d’Or for his screenplay for Hunger and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Once.

Harry Melling & Jasmine Hyde set to star in world premiere of Jam at Finborough Theatre

Harry Potter star Harry Melling wil star oposite Jasmine Hyde in a powerful new play, which examines community tensions. The play entitled Jam will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre next month.

Ten years ago, Bella Soroush’s life was ruined by one of her pupils – Kane McCarthy. She has gradually rebuilt things – new school, new town, new friends – and finally feels at home in the depths of the countryside. Now Kane is back in her classroom, armed with relics of the past and claiming to want forgiveness. As the truths they’ve clung to begin to collapse, teacher and pupil are forced to confront their prejudices and the shared history that has bound them together.
Set over a single evening, Jam is a relentless, incendiary new drama that interrogates social fault-lines in Britain today, and the tension between truth and justice.

Jam will play a 4-week season at the Finborough Theatre, from Tuesday, 23 May – Saturday, 17 June. 

Harry Melling (Kane)
Trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
His theatre credits include King Lear (Old Vic), Hand to God (Vaudeville), The Angry Brigade (Bush Theatre and Paines Plough), Peddling (HighTide, Arcola and 59E59 New York), King Lear (Chichester), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre Kingston), I Am A Camera (Southwark Playhouse), When Did You Last See My Mother (Trafalgar Studios), School for Scandal (Barbican), Women Beware Women and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre). TV credits include Musketeers, Joe Mistry, Garrow’s Law, Merlin, Just William and Friends and Crocodiles. Film credits include The Current War, Lost City of Z, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the
Philosopher’s Stone, The Winds of Change, I Think Therefore and Felicity

Jasmine Hyde (Bella)
Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Her theatre credits include Not Moses (Arts Theatre), Whose Life is it Anyway? and The Dog (Frinton Summer Theatre), Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Jermyn Street), Death of a Cyclist (Arcola), Muswell Hill
(Orange Tree), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe),
Somniloquy and Why Can’t We Live Together? (Theatre503), ’06/’07/’05 and Gaugleprixtown (Menagerie), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath), Gifts of War/Two Into War (National Tour), Charlie’s Aunt (Northcott Exeter), Singer (Oxford Stage Company), Waters of the Moon (Salisbury Playhouse), Pericles (RSC), Coast of Utopia (National Theatre), Tiny Dynamite (Paines Plough/Frantic Assembly). TV credits include Doctors, Holby City and Casualty. Film credits include The Unseen, The Truth Commissioner, Sins of a Father, A Distant
Mirage, Runt, Other, Undo and Restoration. Radio credits include many Radio 4 afternoon plays, Book at Bedtime, Book of the Week and Poetry Please. Jasmine plays Leonie Snell in The Archers and the young Hilda Rumpole in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey stories.