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BFI Musicals!

The Greatest Show on Screen

The BFI will host the UK’s greatest ever season to celebrate the film musical, at BFI Southbank, on BFI Player and at venues across the country.

October 2019-January 2020

Watch the trailer for BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

Singing and dancing its way into cinemas and venues across the UK, BFI Musicals! will celebrate the joyful, emotional, shared experience of watching film musicals; with the biggest stars, the most iconic scenes and the best-loved song and dance numbers back on the big screen, including re-releases of classic musicals including Singin’ in the Rain (1952), BFI DVD and Blu-ray releases of Yentl (1983), Hair (1979) and Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), and musical collections on the BFI’s VOD service BFI Player.

BFI Musicals! is a celebration of musicals on screen, led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and Film Hub Midlands on behalf of the BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery.

Find out about the BFI Musicals! Programme Launch at BFI Southbank on Tuesday 10 September.

UK wide

BFI Southbank

  • Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

    Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

    Dust off your dancing shoes, practice your scales and join us for some heart-lifting movies, special events and joyful singalongs at BFI Southbank.

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