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Make a date with 'ET: The Extra-Terrestrial' at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016

Dave Calhoun

We've recently been to a couple of screenings of classic movies at the Royal Albert Hall, with their scores performed live by an orchestra, and we can safely say that it's an incredible way to watch a film. First, we braved a half-term screening of the Disney hit 'Frozen', with hundreds of kids singing along to 'Let It Go', and then we sat back and luxuriated in Nino Rota's score for the crime classic 'The Godfather', with the film projected high above the orchestra. Now, the venue has announced they'll be giving the same treatment to Steven Spielberg's 'ET: The Extra-Terrestrial', with John Williams's score for the movie performed by an orchestra and choir. You've got time: it's not happening until December 2016 (yes – 2016). But tickets are already on sale for two screenings on both Wednesday December 28 and Thursday December 29. The news of this event is particularly bittersweet coming on the same day it was announced that 'ET' screenwriter Melissa Mathison has died in Los Angeles at the age of 65 (she recently wrote a film version of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG', also directed by Steven Spielberg and to be released next summer). One thing's for sure: Mathison left behind a film for the ages. Phone home, make plans, book tickets.

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