Sheffield University Concerts have announced a full programme for the Charlie Chaplin Festival at the University of Sheffield which will commence for Friday, May 23 to Friday, May 30. Featuring film screenings, live music and talks, Sheffield University Concerts will explore Chaplin’s life, work as an actor, director, musician and all round innovator.
100 years ago Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Tramp’ one of the most instantly recognisable characters of all time erupted onto our screens - moustache, bowler hat, tight jacket, baggy pants, oversized shoes; the character was the product of Chaplin’s genius and an image imortalised forever capturing the world’s imagination.
The festival will follow the journey through the Tramp’s first hundred years, from the debut of his seemingly spontaneous choice of attire, to his final feature film. The festival will give audiences the opportunity to watch Chaplin re-write the rules of cinema comedy and follow him as he progresses from his early beginnings one of the greatest film makers in the history of cinema.
As part of the festival the Sheffield Rep Orchestra, conducted by George Morton, will be performing City Lights at the Showroom Cinema on the May 23 and 24.
Critics went crazy for Chaplin’s masterpiece ‘City Lights’ as the birth of cinematic sound and the talkies threw the film industry into turmoil. Chaplin insisted his iconic ‘Tramp’ character would not be heard talking on screen. Instead he composed his own superb score for the film and the end product is one of Chaplin’s most cherished cinematic accomplishments.
Combining some of Chaplin’s hilarious comedic scenes with heart-warming emotion, one of silent comedy’s crown jewels ‘City Lights’ is a romantic tale of the adorable tramp falling in love with a young blind flowergirl who mistakes him for a millionaire. Every action on screen of this timeless classic is brought to life with the original score performed live by the Sheffield Rep Orchestra.
Tickets for this event cost £12, £10 (concessions, staff), £7 (under 26s, students, unwaged), and available now from the Students’ Union Box Office Click here to buy or call: 0114 2228777.
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