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31 October 2021 Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Halloween Silent Movie Special: The Phantom of the Opera
Donald MacKenzie, organ - Town Hall
Program Info: Erik is up from the labyrinth cellars again - the Phantom of the Opera is back to terrorise the patrons and the staff. In one of his most famous roles, Lon Chaney (Snr) plays Erik - the Phantom - with a stellar cast of silent screen stars to support him. Christine Daaé played by Mary Philbim, is the object of Erik’s obsession and he stops at nothing for her to succeed and for her to be his ‘possession'. The love triangle is complete with Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny played by Norman Kerry, who is the true love of Christine. Chaney took care of his own make-up and he spent hours before shooting to contort his face so he could be The Phantom of the Opera. The results, as you will see, are spectacular in this 1925 classic of the silent screen.
Donald MacKenzie, renowned organist direct from London’s Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, will be at the console of the Town Hall’s mighty Hill pipe organ to provide the magical accompaniment to seamlessly move from one dramatic scene to the next and provide a special edge culminating in the film's nail biting conclusion! Donald specialises in the accompaniment of silent films and his performances have seen him playing all over the UK & Europe, including to an audience of over 5,000 in San Diego’s Balboa Park.