Season of Silent Film: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Saturday 18th May, 20:30

Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral
Enjoy cinematic masterpieces in the magnificent surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, with our Assistant Director of Music, Jonathan Hope, accompanying on Organ.

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta, and forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What's his goal? What's his secret?

Doors: 20.30
Screening: 21.00
Run time: 86mins
Rating: PG

Director: Rupert Julian
Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Snitz Edwards, Gibson Gowland, Bernard Siegel

Content Advice: Threat and horror
There are a number of scenes in which members of the opera company are terrified by fleeting glimpses of the masked Phantom as he moves between the dungeons and the main body of the Opera House. In one scene, the Phantom is suddenly unmasked, revealing his disfigured face and causing a woman to recoil in terror. The film also includes sight of a dead body, seen in shadow, hanging by a rope. It also contains a scene in which two men are trapped in a flooding room.

Pick and Mix, Snacks and Drinks will be available to buy at the welcome desk of the Cathedral.

Screenings will be held in the Nave of the Cathedral which has level access throughout.

Jonathan Hope, Assistant Director of Music
Increasingly in demand as a recitalist, Jonathan’s career to date has taken him throughout the UK, as well as France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Australia. He has performed solo recitals at Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Saint-Sulpice, Paris. Recitals abroad in the 2016/2017 season include visits to Germany and Italy. Jonathan also regularly improvises to silent movies, which have recently included Lon Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the latter in the 2016 Three Choirs Festival), Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and Cecil B. DeMille’s The King of Kings. Jonathan has arranged many orchestral works for the organ, including Brahms’ Academic Festival and Tragic overtures, Elgar’s In the South, and other orchestral works by Dvořák, Dukas, Glinka, Mascagni, Rossini and Stravinsky.

We are sorry that due to limited space, parking in the Cathedral Close is restricted to pass holders only.
There are eight disabled parking spaces which are for use by Blue Badge holders on a first come first served basis.
However, there are several public car parks within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.
To find out more please download our parking guide or click here for up-to-date information.

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