Christmas to come early as ‘Love Actually’ live concert tour with full orchestra starts Dec 1!

What will forever go down in history alongside It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story as a perennial Christmas movie favorite is getting a new life almost 15 years after its original release thanks to an upcoming 2017 Christmas holiday live concert tour complete with full orchestra.

Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, fresh off a very successful Red Nose Day Actually reunion during the 2017 Comic Relief broadcast, will feature a live orchestra that will bring BAFTA winning composer Craig Armstrong’s enchanting score for the film to life on the tour with the film being projected onto a huge screen during the performance.

The UK tour kicks off at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday, 1 December. Following stops in Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham and Edinburgh the tour will conclude with a final pair of performances at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday, 10 December.

Originally released in 2003, Love Actually tells ten separate yet interweaving stories of love around Christmas time with a cast that reads like a ‘Who’s Who in British Acting’ including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson and Martin Freeman.

Pre-sale tickets will be available this morning with general sales starting Thursday, 21 September. In case you’re looking for the perfect way to kick off the holiday season, the full list of UK tour dates are as follows…

• December 1 – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

• December 2 – Bristol, Colston Hall

• December 3 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

• December 4 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall

• December 5 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

• December 10 – London, Theatre Royal Drury Lane (matinee and evening performances)

Seems like a perfect way to jumpstart the holiday season. Light years better than hearing Christmas songs starting the day after Halloween.

In: Drama