Secret Cinema: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
SECRET Cinema’s live cinema experience of Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel runs from February 27 to March 30, 2014, in a secret Central London location, opening over one week before its official release.
Since Secret Cinema launched in 2007, it has changed the way audiences experience cinema, creating theatrical worlds where audience members become part of the story.
The audience will be invited to join the ranks of The Grand Budapest Hotel’s distinguished guests, in this parallel real-world setting curated by Secret Cinema, transporting the audience into a celebration of 1932 European glamour and romance.
Audience members will receive correspondence confirming their stay at The Grand Budapest Hotel with strict dress code instructions. They will also be asked to learn about the history of the hotel and the fictional state of Zubrowka.
On their hotel arrival date, guests will arrive at a secret location, before being swept into the imagined world of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a place of mystery, romance, secrets and intrigue.
The hotel will have dining rooms, restaurants, a secret theatre, a spa and many other unexpected delights. Live music, secret writers, special lectures and performances will unravel throughout the night before the film begins, in its unique setting.
Pushing the boundaries of conventional cinema experiences, Secret Cinema creates highly detailed and imagined theatrical worlds. Under the Artistic Directorship of Fabien Riggall, a cast of twenty-five actors led by Performance Director Garett Moore will recreate the magic of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Casting director is Charlotte Bevan (National Theatre) and heading the show’s lighting design is Patrick Woodroffe (Paralympic Closing Ceremony, Rolling Stones).
Fabien Riggall, Founder and Artistic Director of Secret Cinema said: “Secret Cinema is excited to be staging Wes Anderson’s beautiful film, transforming a central London location into the world of The Grand Budapest Hotel. We will transport the audience into another world in a night of culture, adventure, romance and mystery.”
Times: Thursday to Saturday at 6pm; Sunday at 5.30pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 12.30pm.
Running Time: 100 minutes.
For more information or to book visit www.secretcinema.org/grandbudapesthotel.html.