Since its release in 2019, the response to Joker has been extremely positive. So much so, that the film is heading to concert halls throughout summer 2020, for a series of orchestral performances.
The movie – which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck – will be screened at various concert halls across the UK. Each screening will be accompanied by a live orchestra, replacing the usual pre-recorded soundtrack.
Announcing the limited-run screenings on the official DC Comics’ Facebook page, a statement from Warner Bros./DC Entertainment, said:
“Todd Phillips’ ground-breaking, award-winning film Joker will be screened with the accompaniment of a live orchestra playing composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning score for the first time ever.”
The post continued:
“This extraordinary music will be brought to life by a full orchestra to create a vivid, visceral and entirely new Joker viewing experience. It illuminates further the emotional weight, texture and atmosphere of Joaquin Phoenix’s captivating portrayal.”
Movie screenings with live orchestral accompaniment have become quite popular in recent years, with iconic films such as Back to the Future (1985) and Jurassic Park (1993) receiving this kind of treatment. However, it is unusual for a recent film such as Joker to head straight to concert halls.
Pretty cool, right?
The UK venues showing Joker in concert throughout summer 2020 include:
- Thurs 30th April – Eventim London
- Fri 15th May – Symphony Hall Birmingham
- Sat 16th May – Bonus Arena Hull
- Sun 17th May – York Barbican
- Weds 24th June – Sheffield City Hall Oval Hall
- Thurs 25th June – Bridgewater Hall Manchester
- Sun 28th June – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
- Mon 29th June – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
- Tues 30th June – Bath Forum
- Wed 1st July – Brighton Dome
- Thurs 2nd July – Lighthouse Poole
Tickets for the 11 performances are available via Ticketmaster. Will you be going?