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Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

October-December 2019

Dust off your dancing shoes, practice your scales and join us for some heart-lifting movies, special events and joyful singalongs.

Introduction by Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive



Classic films; just bigger, better and louder.

Judy Garland

Judy Garland Day: Joint ticket available Sun 22 Dec £24, concs £18 (Members pay £3 less)

Vincente Minnelli

Doris Day

Doris Day Day: joint ticket available Sat 7 Dec £24, concs £18 (Members pay £3 less)


  • Tommy


    Ken Russell’s feverish feast of unrestrained imagination features The Who, Tina Turner, Elton John and many more!

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Jacques Demy’s all-sung tale of first love is a ravishing mix of music, romance and fertile cinematic invention.

Family screenings

Talks and events


  • Image from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Musical Spaces

    Showcasing BFI Special Collections this exhibition reveals the spaces of big-screen musicals.



  • Image from The ADHD Foundation Umbrella Project

    The ADHD Foundation Umbrella Project

    BFI Southbank will play host to The Umbrella Project installation, an archway of colourful umbrellas located in our Main Foyer, which will be in place for one month during our BFI Musicals! season.


December (Part 2)

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others”
The Wizard of Oz

Musicals come to the rescue at times of adversity. 42nd Street helped people get through the Depression. Meet Me in St Louis and the MGM classics offered a Technicolor distraction during World War Two. So, there could be no better time than right now to immerse ourselves in the emotional, life-enhancing experience of watching a musical on the big screen. In the final month of our musical odyssey we celebrate Doris Day, a great movie musical talent who died this year, as well as the genius of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. We’re also celebrating the very medium of film itself, projecting three musical rarities on 35mm Technicolor dye transfer prints from the BFI National Archive, and a rare 35mm 3D print of Kiss Me Kate.

Robin Baker


See our screenings of Tommy, a Med Hondo musical, and our families’ musicals.

For programme updates, details of the UK-wide programme and information about the extensive collection of musicals available in the BFI Southbank Mediatheque and on BFI Player see bfi.org.uk/musicals.


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