MYSTERY, HORROR, ROMANCE…AND IMPROVISEDORGANACCOMPANIMENT
HALLOWEENSILENTMOVIESPECIAL: THEPHANTOM OF THEOPERA 
7.30PM, SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER
A special screening of the 1925 silent horror classic The Phantom of the Opera, with a haunting live organ accompaniment, is set to give horror fans a hair-raising Halloween treat at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 31 October.
The 175-year-old concert hall will come to life with the cinematic tale of mystery, horror and romance alongside a spine-chilling improvised soundtrack by celebrated organist Nigel Ogden.
Audience members brave enough to attend may find themselves next to a bloodthirsty vampire or disfigured zombie, as contenders for most frightful costume of the night vie for the prize of £50 of Town Hall Symphony Hall gift vouchers and a bottle of champagne.
The Phantom of the Opera, adapted from the novel by French author Gaston Leroux, stars Lon Chaney Sr as a mad, disfigured Phantom stalking the depths of the Paris Opera House in 1880. In love with the young Swedish soprano Christine – played by a saucer-eyed Mary Philbin – and intent on her success, the Phantom causes murder, mayhem and eventually, his own demise.
At its film premiere and during the famous unmasking scene, audience members were said to have fainted from the sight of Chaney’s self applied and intentionally horrific make-up, which involved grisly props such as egg membranes, stage paint and wire. The film grossed $2million in box office takings despite costing 2 directors, numerous endings and a year of on and off filming.
Nigel Ogden is the presenter of BBC Radio 2?s The Organist Entertains. Currently celebrating his 29th year in the role, he is also a performer and composer and has produced over 70 LPs, cassettes and CDs to date.
Tickets for the Halloween Silent Movie Special are available from www.thsh.co.uk
Notes to editor:
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).
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Issue date: Tuesday 20 Oct