October 15, 2012, 8:11 amctober 01, 2012, 1:18 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- It's one of the crown jewels of the Disney canon, loved by successive generations in the 70 years since its original release. Now ‘Fantasia' comes to London's iconic Royal Albert Hall, for two exclusive showings, on October 21st, complete with accompaniment from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
On its initial release in 1940, ‘Fantasia' was a groundbreaking blend of symphonic music and the stunning animation of which Disney was already becoming veteran. Pairing music by classical composers from Tchaikovsky to Gershwin with the corporation's iconic mouse, Mickey, ‘Fantasia' spins a surreal tale of sorcery and fantasy, based on Dukas' ‘The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
Keith Lockhart conducts the London Philharmonic in this resurrection of an undying classic, which jumps from one dreamlike scene to the next, wowing viewers with trippy red mushrooms, dancing unicorns and ballerina hippos.
As with most Disney films of the era, the childlike sits alongside the deathly dark, juxtaposing themes of magic and morbidity to create a truly disturbing – and wonderful – effect which will delight audiences of all ages.
The air of exclusivity is heightened by the performance of just two shows, a 2.30 matinee followed by an evening's re-run starting at 6.30. Tickets cost between £15 and £55, and are available directly from the Royal Albert Hall, as well as via the LondonTown.com website. The site, which provides accommodation and ticketing for all major London events, has also announced details of reduced rates at London hotels in the area.
Among the hotels on offer, the Baglioni Hotel London, just 7 minutes' walk from the Albert Hall, is offering a 67% discount on double rooms. The discount brings the cost of a night's stay in this exclusive part of the city down to just £221.
Also on offer are rooms at the Fifty Four Boutique Hotel. When booking through LondonTown.com, a double room is currently available at a 93% discount – or £66 per night. Close to the Royal Albert Hall and London's West End, it's a perfect location for a weekend's museum-hopping. For booking information, and to see more discounted London hotels, visit LondonTown.com.