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Leicester Square to play host to first screening in entire world of the entire Star Wars saga



Story by: Jack Foley

THE Force will be strong in London’s Leicester Square on May 16 as Star Wars fever grips the capital for an unprecedented day of events celebrating the entire Star Wars saga, culminating in the UK premiere of the eagerly awaited Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, to be attended by writer-director, George Lucas, and the stars of the movie.

Fans will want to prepare to have their lightsabres out at dawn, fighting to get a perfect seat for a world exclusive: all six episodes of the Star Wars saga presented back-to-back in a once-in-a-lifetime 'Star Wars Marathon' at UCI Empire, Leicester Square.

Beginning at 7 am with Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and ending with an evening public premiere of Revenge of the Sith, the entire saga will be shown in a single day for more than a thousand lucky fans.

And that’s just the beginning! The day will be filled with never-to-be repeated activities presented by Lucasfilm Ltd and Twentieth Century Fox – open to the general public, so everyone will have the chance to experience the galaxy’s most exciting, action-packed celebration of the Star Wars saga.

At Leicester Square’s VUE and Odeon West End Cinemas, individually ticketed performances of Episodes I, II, IV, V and VI of the Star Wars saga will screen throughout the day.

Star Wars fans will also be able to attend special free performances of unforgettable Star Wars music presented by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; other surprise activities are also planned.

The 501st UK Garrison of Stormtroopers will be on duty all day to ensure order is upheld in the Square.

"Revenge of the Sith is a remarkable movie, and this extraordinary celebration reflects the fun and excitement that are the hallmarks of Star Wars," said the movie’s producer, Rick McCallum.

"The Star Wars movies have a strong connection to the United Kingdom, so it’s very fitting to hold this one-of-a-kind event here in London."

The culmination of Star Wars 'Celebration Day' will be the UK premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square with expected attendance by Lucas, McCallum and stars Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker), Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), along with other celebrity guests.

Galactic Passports to the Star Wars Marathon costing £50 per person will be available from 9am on Monday, April 25, at the box office of the Empire, Leicester Square on Tel: 08700 10 20 30 or via www.uci.co.uk.

Only those holding a Galactic Passport will be able to complete the journey and see Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, before its UK release on May 19.

Tickets for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Return of the Jedi are available at VUE box office on Tel: 08712 240 240 or via www.myvue.com

Tickets for A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back are available from Odeon West End Box Office on Tel: 0871 22 44 007 or via www.odeon.co.uk

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