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The Great Escape - Live in Concert

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in full for the very first time.

The Great Escape tells the – mostly – true story of a group of Second World War POWs intent on breaking out of a top-security camp by any means possible.

Featuring a stellar cast and countless iconic moments, including Steve McQueen's attempt to jump a fence on a motorbike, John Sturges' classic 1963 film also has one of the most famous and instantly-recognisable themes in all movies.

The score, written by Elmer Bernstein, is a masterclass in film music writing. Tonight's performance will be conducted by the composer's son, Peter Bernstein, and played by the BBC Concert Orchestra in synchronisation with the film screened in high definition.

Produced by Big Screen Live in association with Park Circus and MGM, with support from Dorico.


BBC Concert Orchestra
Peter Bernstein conductor


Elmer Bernstein: The Great Escape
-: (film screening with live orchestral accompaniment)

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Royal Festival Hall


£20 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£20, £25, £35, £45


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Age recommendation
The Great Escape is rated PG by the British Board of Film Classification.

Related events
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 5.45pm: In conversation with producer Tommy Pearson, conductor Peter Bernstein discusses his father Elmer’s score to the classic war movie and his long career and influence as a film composer. Admission free.