Rare showing of panto films with live rediscovered music

A special concert in Glasgow will bring together rare films and rediscovered music from the 1920s and '30s.

Hosted by Scottish actress Elaine C Smith, the 'Pantomime in Scotland' event will take the audience back to the golden age of Scottish theatre. Accompanying silent films from the 1930s and '40s will be the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, playing music that has not been heard for over 60 years.

The films from the Scottish Screen Archive feature comedy sketches, dancing girls and popular stars of the time. They capture performances by the likes of Harry Gordon and George West, who played in Scotland's favourite theatres.

Tickets for the screening at Woodside Hall, Glasgow, on Thursday 24 June cost £3. There are two showings: 2.30pm and 7.30pm. To reserve tickets, phone 0141 287 5810, or pay at the door on the night (subject to availability).

This one-off event is a result of a 3-year Pantomine in Scotland research project. The Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland has been one of the project's partner organisations.

16 June 2010

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