2023-03-16 – 20:50 h

On Sunday, March 26, the Barbican Hall in London will host the live to picture concert ‘Things to Come (1936)’, where Alexander Korda’s cinematic vision of the future, with Arthur Bliss’ classic score, will be played live by the orchestra that originally recorded it – the London Symphony Orchestra, led on this occasion by Frank Strobel.


The movie imagines a future of shining cities, global travel, and endless leisure for art and science. But first, a half-century of horror – of terror, war, and global pandemic. Incredibly, Alexander Korda’s film Things to Come saw it all in 1936: transforming H G Wells’ novel into a stunning Art Deco vision of a future that now seems startlingly real.


Things to Come has lost none of its prophetic power, and its dazzling designs and commanding central performances make it one of the enduring landmarks of 1930s cinema. The LSO recorded the original score back in 1936, and tonight, for this one-off screening it plays Sir Arthur Bliss’ music live with the film. No crackles, no wonky sound, just the thrilling sweep of one of the greatest of all British film scores.


When: Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 21:30h

Where: Barbican Hall (London, UK)

Tickets: 20-40 GBP (23-46 €) – link

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NOTE: Co-produced by the Barbican and London Symphony Orchestra. In cooperation with the Europäische FilmPhilharmonie EFPI – GmbH