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Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

See 'the first true Hitchcock movie' with a chill-inducing orchestral score by Neil Brand.

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent classic The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog was his first thriller and his first critical and commercial success. The auteur himself named it the film in which he found his distinctive ‘Hitchcockian’ voice.

Telling the story of the hunt for a Jack the Ripper-style serial killer called ‘the avenger’, who targets young blonde-haired women, The Lodger foreshadows many of the themes and preoccupations that are now recognised as key elements of Hitchcock’s style.

Ivor Novello stars as a mysterious new lodger who arrives at the home of Mr and Mrs Bunting, whose daughter Daisy, a blonde fashion model, is courted by Joe, a hapless policeman working the ‘avenger case’.

The lodger’s strange behaviour and interest in Daisy arouses suspicion, and the murders continue as the two begin to grow closer.

Neil Brand’s score, slightly reminiscent of classic Hitchcock film soundtracks by Bernard Herrmann, was premiered in 2017 by Covent Garden Sinfonia at Yorkshire Silent Film Festival.

It has now been heard throughout the world, including at the closing concert of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the world’s leading silent film festival, based in Pordenone, Italy.


Covent Garden Sinfonia
Ben Palmer conductor


Neil Brand: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Hitchcock) - film score (London premiere)

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 95 mins
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    • Sun 27 September 2020
      • 7:15 pm


Purcell Room


£15 - £20
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £20


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Event information
Please note that there is no interval in this performance.