Vision Nine and BBC Worldwide have announced the UK and European premiere of the hugely popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at six major city venues in May 2015.
The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of twelve UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the iconic Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series over the last eight years, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor.
The show will also feature Murray’s latest score and footage from the forthcoming series 8, which will be broadcast around the world later this summer.
The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Tickets will go on general sale via the event and box office websites at 9am on Friday 1 August 2014, 2014, with prices starting at £20 per person – www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com
Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015.
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular was first presented in Melbourne, Australia in February 2012, it went on to play a further nine sell-out performances at the Sydney Opera House in December 2012 receiving praise from the Australian media and fans alike. The Herald Sun called the show “Evocative and thrilling in equal measure” whilst the Sydney Morning Herald said: “The whole experience brought unalloyed pleasure that in some cases amounted to a religious rite”. The show has continued to draw record figures in Australia and most recently thrilled over 34,000 fans across three cities in New Zealand.
• For further information on tickets, please visit: www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com
Dates and Venues
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London Saturday 23 May 2015
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Monday 25 May 2015
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham Tuesday 26 May 2015
First Direct Arena, Leeds Wednesday 27 May 2015
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Thursday 28 May 2015
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow Friday 29 May 2015
Times: 3.00pm afternoon matinee and 7.30pm evening performances
Suggested age: 6 years upwards
(this recommendation is based on the nature and duration of the show; younger ticketholders will be admitted)
All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
Running time: 2 hours (plus interval)
By John Freeman