Screening live at DLWP on 6 June.
Following the sell out of BBC Radio 2's D-Day concert at The Royal Albert Hall the BBC will now stream the event live to cinemas nationwide on Friday 6 June.
Mindful of the fact that many veterans are in their late 80s and 90s, this live cinema broadcast will allow them, their families and others who are unable to travel to London or France to embrace the event visually and mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day together.
The concert will be part of BBC Radio 2's D-Day activity which culminates in a special Friday Night Is Music Night, ‘D-Day 70 Years On' at the Royal Albert Hall.
Hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin will re-tell the story of key moments of D-Day alongside a cast of actors lead by Patrick Stewart playing Sir Winston Churchill.
The backdrop to the historic and poignant narration will come from The BBC Concert Orchestra and a military band featuring musicians drawn from all three UK Armed Forces.
Folk singer Seth Lakeman will pay tribute to his grandfather, who served on D-Day, through his performance of a song written for his grandfather after they visited the beaches of Arromanches where a young Seth learnt first hand about the events of the fateful day.
The cinema going public will also experience the same multi-dimensional soundscape of music as The Royal Albert Hall audience with a special 5.1 surround sound mix.
Profits from the Royal Albert Hall concert and the cinema release will be donated to the charities The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and SkillForce.
The D-Day operation during World War II was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea and air.
Launched on June 6th 1944, the simultaneous landing of allied forces took place on five separate beaches - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword - in Normandy, France - it marked the beginning of the end of World War II.
Patrick Stewart "I am delighted and proud to be part of this anniversary commemoration. Churchill wrote English to be spoken and I have always loved quoting his remark that 'The greatest virtue is courage, because it makes all the other virtues possible'."
Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment said: "Cinemas were the lifeblood of information in wartime Britain and the main social centers for sharing news. They united the country in 1944 and will do so again 70 years on. It is fitting that cinemas nationwide can join the BBC in commemorating the anniversary in what will be a historic broadcast."
Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion: “We are thrilled to be part of this fantastic event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. It comes in addition to the Legion’s role in helping to organise the commemorations in Normandy, and it offers those not able to travel to Normandy an opportunity to observe this historic anniversary from the Royal Albert Hall and in their homes.”
David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA: “I am delighted that SSAFA has been given this opportunity to take part in such a moving tribute. The commemoration of 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for us to mark the bravery of those who landed on the Normandy beaches and who freed Europe. Money from profits of this concert will be used to provide lifelong support for our forces and there families, from all conflicts”
Peter Cross OBE, Chief Executive of SkillForce: “Our charity is honoured and thrilled to be part of this incredible commemoration of the D-Day Landings. SkillForce inspires young people to succeed in life and achieve in school by drawing on the skills and experiences of men and women who have served their country. It is humbling to be invited to join the Royal Albert Hall cinema events commemorating one of the most important moments in our history, D-Day. We celebrate 10 years of our charity this year. Support at The Royal Albert Hall event will help us continue to look to the future - and inspire young people with the values of ex-Forces personnel - while honouring the past.”
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