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The Piano (15)

with the London Contemporary Orchestra

A scene from The Piano. A child does a handstand and a woman sits at a piano on a beach

Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning gothic romance is screened with a live performance of Michael Nyman’s emotion-laden score by members of the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Nyman's potent romantic minimalist music became one of the most popular soundtracks ever written. The film follows mute Ada (Holly Hunter) to New Zealand as she’s sold into marriage to land-grabber Alisdair (Sam Neill). Forced to sell her beloved piano, Ada enters an uneasy arrangement with local, Baines (Harvey Keitel), to buy it back, one key at a time. Their bargain grows into a dark love affair that puts them both – and the piano – in danger.

In this new presentation, The Piano is seen with the score played live in synchronisation with the film. It’s a chance to experience the film in a new, engrossing way, back on the big screen, with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra playing Nyman’s iconic score.

Produced by the Barbican

This performance will start promptly at 8pm

Running time 2 hours and 10 minutes including introduction

This film has a certification of 15 due to scenes which may not be suitable for younger audience members. Anyone under the age of 15 will not be admitted. 


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