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Star Wars: In Concert - O2 Arena

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ON APRIL 3 and April 4, 2010, Star Wars: In Concert returns to the O2 Arena as part of a worldwide tour.

A unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic Star Wars scores, Star Wars: In Concert is narrated live by Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films.

The production features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen – one of the largest ever put on tour.

The live music and film elements are synchronized in order to create a full multi-media, one-of-kind Star Wars experience.

As George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga, explained: “We’ve taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so you can really get a sense of how the music played into the images. The whole soundtrack is a testament to John Williams’ creativity and his extraordinary ability to enhance the emotional aspects of the films.”

And Williams added: “Creating the music for the Star Wars films has been an exciting and wonderful experience for me, and I therefore have derived particular pleasure in assembling a compendium of themes from all of the films to be presented in Star Wars: In Concert.

“The editors at Lucasfilm have created original film montages to accompany each of the musical selections, and in the process, I believe that a singular and unique Star Wars experience has been born.”

Accompanying the concert is an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props, artifacts, production artwork and specially created behind-the-scenes videos from the Lucasfilm Archives. Many of these pieces are leaving Skywalker Ranch for the first time. The exhibit features many classic fan favourite artifacts, as well as several new and never-before-seen items, including:

1. Full costumes for Jedi Masters Kit Fisto and Plo Koon.

2. Pages from John Williams’ original hand-written sheet music for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

3. Never-before-seen props from the films, such as blasters and helmets from Coruscant, Tatooine and other iconic Star Wars locations.

Star Wars: In Concert, which received its world premiere at the 02 Arena on April 10 and 11, 2009, is produced by Another Planet Touring in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. Performances will be conducted by Dirk Brossé and the production is directed and designed by Steve Cohen.

Star Wars: In Concert will also visit Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.

For more information visit the Official Website