Silent film set to give audiences a fright at Town Hall this Halloween




Featuring all the hallmarks of a great horror film, plus uproarious comedy and touching love scenes, audiences are set for a scare at Town Hall this Halloween, Friday 31 October, when 1927 silent horror film The Cat and the Canary is given a special screening.

When Cyrus West’s disparate family hear he’s dying, they descend upon his mansion ‘like cats round a canary’. Infuriated and driven insane by their haranguing, he insists that his last will and testament be read out exactly 20 years after his death. When the time finally comes, the inheritor is named – but only if they can prove they are sane. Amidst a series of mysterious and terrifying events, can the ‘lucky’ heir even survive the night let alone prove their sanity?

Disappearing corpses, an old, dark house, a lunatic on the loose and a surprise death will all be brought to life on the big screen, when The Cat and the Canary becomes the latest silent horror film to get a Town Hall showing, complete with improvised accompaniment by renowned organist Nigel Ogden.

To really get people in the mood for a scare, the foyer of Town Hall will be transformed into a ghostly version of itself, and audience members are encouraged to come dressed in ghoulish or grisly attire. The best costume of the night will win £50 in THSH gift vouchers and a bottle of champagne.

The Cat and the Canary (1927) is at Town Hall Birmingham on Friday 31 October, 7.30pm. Tickets are available in person from the Box Office, on 0121 780 3333 or online at



Friday 31 October, 7.30pm, Town Hall Birmingham

Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office
0121 780 3333

*A £3 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office. A further charge of £1 will be applied for postage if required.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of around 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

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Issued Monday 20 October 2014