Live with a full symphony orchestra
The 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear will be celebrated in London with a special screening of the film. For the first time ever the charming film will be screened with a live symphony orchestra performing the soundtrack. The unique family-friendly event will head to London’s Theatre Royal in Drury Lane on October 14.
The film follows the misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home where he meets the Browns. Released in 2014 and starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Ben Whishaw as Paddington, the film became a huge hit grossing more than $250 million at the box office. Composer Nick Urata turns in an original score to the 2014 film adaptation of Michael Bond’s beloved children’s character Paddington. Mixing a cinematic English wistfulness with upbeat Latin themes, Urata has managed to create something that is both playful and disarmingly tender.The music will be performed live by 60 musicians of the Novello Orchestra and they’ll be joined by special guests Nick Urata and Paddington Bear.
October 14th 2018 - London, The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Get tickets
The cast of PADDINGTON is led by acclaimed British talent, Ben Whishaw (PERFUME, BRIGHT STAR) as the voice of Paddington, Hugh Bonneville (TV's "Downton Abbey", THE MONUMENTS MEN) as uptight patriarch Mr. Brown and Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE, HAPPY GO LUCKY) as the kindly and free-spirited Mrs. Brown.
Starring alongside them is Nicole Kidman (BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, THE HOURS) as Millicent, a sinister taxidermist with her eye on Paddington, Jim Broadbent (THE IRON LADY, MOULIN ROUGE) as Mr. Gruber, antique shop owner and wise mentor, Julie Walters (the HARRY POTTER series, MAMMA MIA!) as Mrs. Bird, the Browns’ eccentric housekeeper, and Peter Capaldi (DR WHO, IN THE LOOP) as Mr. Curry, their crotchety, curtain-twitching neighbour.
Rounding out this esteemed ensemble are Michael Gambon (THE KING’S SPEECH, the HARRY POTTER series) and Imelda Staunton (PRIDE, MALEFICENT), as the voices of Paddington’s Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. The film also features Samuel Joslin (THE IMPOSSIBLE) and Madeleine Harris as the Brown children Jonathan and Judy, who welcome in the lost bear and find their own lives changed forever.
Creative talent behind the camera includes Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (THE DARK KNIGHT), Director of Photography Erik Wilson (TYRANNOSAUR, THE IMPOSTOR), Production Designer Gary Williamson (SUBMARINE) and the highly acclaimed British Visual Effects company, Framestore - which most recently collaborated with producer David Heyman on the critical and commercial smash hit, GRAVITY. PADDINGTON's beautiful score is composed by Nick Urata (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) and the film is edited by Mark Everson (ALAN PARTRIDGE).
As a composer, Nick Urata—front man of the internationally acclaimed band DeVotchKa—has scored such films as Little Miss Sunshine, the Sundance hit that garnered four Academy Award nominations. He also co-scored the hit romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love (starring Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling). His other scores include Fling, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Joneses, Waiting for Forever, Father of Invention, and Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut Virginia (starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris.) Urata’s other work includes the score for Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s Ruby Sparks, Arthur Newman starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt for director Dante Ariola, What Maisie Knew starring Juliane Moore, Stephen Gyllenhaal’s comedy Grassroots, A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba and Catherine O’Hara and Premature for director Dan Beers.
Urata’s other works include Paramount Pictures’ Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, Thomas McCarthy’s comedy The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, the critically acclaimed Paddington based on the classic British book series starring Nicole Kidman and voiced by Ben Whishaw, the Warner Bros. crime romance Focus directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, CBS Films’ holiday comedy Love the Coopers starring Olivia Wilde, John Goodman, and Diane Keaton, and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s So B. It starring Cloris Leachman. Urata also composed the theme music for the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.