Phantoms of the Opera Symposium

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama collaborate on this weekend of screenings to celebrate the culmination of a large-scale project on screen adaptations of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra.

Originally serialised in a French newspaper in 1909–10, this well-loved novel has inspired creative responses in every part of the world, including no fewer than fifty films made as far apart as China and Argentina.

Funded by an International Networks grant from the Leverhulme Trust, a team of researchers from countries all over the world has spent the last three years working on the extraordinary examples of cultural transfer that these films represent.

This team will be in London 15-17 June to present some of their findings and to host a symposium, a series of public talks and screenings, and the performance of a new score for the famous 1925 Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney. Pride of place will be given to the 1962 Hammer Horror remake which, alongside a certain celebrated piece of musical theatre, represents Britain’s contribution to the worldwide Phantom of the Opera phenomenon.

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