Alnwick to host film premiere

Stills from the upcoming screen adaptation of 'The Railway Man' starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman as Eric and Patti Lomax
Stills from the upcoming screen adaptation of 'The Railway Man' starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman as Eric and Patti Lomax

The regional premiere of a much-anticipated film starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman is to take place at Alnwick Playhouse next month.

Period drama The Railway Man is based on the autobiography of late Berwick man, Eric Lomax, and was partially filmed in the town and elsewhere in north Northumberland.

It tells the story of a former prisoner-of-war trying to come to terms with his time spent working on the notorious ‘death railway’ in Burma.

And on Friday, December 20, film-goers will get the chance to see it weeks before its release in UK cinemas.

Plus, as it’s the regional premiere, you can celebrate the evening in style as each ticket includes a glass of bubbly and a mince pie.

Starring Hollywood big-hitters Firth and Kidman in powerhouse performances, Firth plays Lomax, years after the horrific incidents during the war, now living in Berwick.

He meets and falls in love with the newly-divorced Patti (Kidman) and the two develop a tender romance.

But as Lomax’s post-traumatic stress becomes unbearable, he must banish his demons in order to save his relationship and his sanity, especially once he learns his chief torturer escaped justice and is still living, apparently happily, giving tours of the camp where he meted out his punishment.

Tickets for the 7.30pm event cost £10 standard, £10.50 premier, £9 Friends.

Booking for Friends of the Playhouse started last week, but tickets go on general sale today at 10am.

Call 01665 510785.