London’s BFI (The British Film Institute) presents a two-month season reflecting the golden age of television variety beginning with a celebration of the London Palladium’s centenary.
The London Palladium celebrates its centenary on 26th December – and world-renowned film archive The BFI (British Film Institute) are joining in the birthday celebrations with a series of events devoted to this most famous of London’s Variety Theatres!
The two-month season – entitled ‘TV Variety: The BFI Salutes the Palladium‘ – celebrates the golden age of television variety beginning with a number of fantastic events in December, dedicated to celebrating The London Palladium’s incredible centenary.
When it first opened its doors 100 years ago, The London Palladium – the legendary venue that would later be renown as ‘The Greatest Variety Theatre in the World’ – quickly became a Mecca for an international roll-call of talent. The theatre has maintained its standing as THE destination for the best acts in the business. It’s been used in various films, is famously the location for the exciting denouement of Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, and in the 1950s became the flagship home of variety for a newly created commercial television network. Since then it has welcomed film and TV cameras to record a number of historic performances, star-studded benefits, terrific variety bills and, on many occasions, the prestigious Royal Variety Command Performance – an honour it will continue next month when it hosts the 82nd annual Royal Variety Performance on 9th December 2010.
The BFI season uses silent movie footage, vintage film clips and a clutch of TV material to celebrate this prestigious occasion, reliving some outstanding performances and memorable nights.
January sees The BFI continue the Variety theme with more rare and priceless performances but the December season (4 – 29 December 2010) will concentrate on the London Palladium, with a bumper crop of archive treasures culminating in a special birthday event with highlights from the Palladium’s history and a special digital presentation of Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO SEE THE LIST OF PALLADIUM EVENTS IN FULL, VISIT THE BFI WEBSITE.
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