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Tamsin Greig narrates Peter and the Wolf at the Barbican

The Snowman

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ON THE final weekend before Christmas (Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23, 2012), the Barbican is presenting classic musical tales for all the family: Peter and the Wolf narrated by Tamsin Greig; timeless animated film favourite The Snowman; and the magical 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, all accompanied by live orchestra.

The festive offerings begin with a matinee double bill (2pm, Saturday and Sunday) of enchanting musical stories. Featuring the famous Howard Blake song Walking in the air, Raymond Briggs’ beloved animated film The Snowman is given a special screening in the Barbican Hall, complete with live musical accompaniment from the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, conducted by Benjamin Wallfisch.

This is followed by Prokofiev’s enduring work for orchestra and narrator, Peter and the Wolf, with Peter and his animal companions brought to life by actress Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Episodes, Friday Night Dinner, Jumpy) and a bevy of memorable characters portrayed by dancing strings, quacking oboes, fluttering flutes and prowling horns in this charming tale of courage and compassion.

Tickets: Adults £25, Under 16s £12.50. To book online visit www.barbican.org.uk/. Alternatively, call the box office on 0845 120 7550.

Continuing the Barbican’s commitment to screening films with live musical accompaniment, the magical 1939 musical movie The Wizard Of Oz is presented complete with original vocals and dialogue but with the sumptuous orchestral score performed live by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and conductor Benjamin Wallfisch.

Not only will this be a chance to rediscover Dorothy’s adventures in Oz with favourite songs like Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Follow the Yellow Brick Road but, as conductor Benjamin Wallfisch explains:

“These classic film scores are so beautifully and lavishly orchestrated, the live performance allows them to be heard in their fullest, most colourful form. And perhaps in the case of a musical it brings the film closer to its theatrical origins…”

The Wizard of Oz will be screened at 7pm on Saturday, December 22 and 4:45pm on Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Tickets: Adults £25, Under 16s £12.50. To book online visit www.barbican.org.uk/. Alternatively, call the box office on 0845 120 7550.