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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


Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

Barbra Streisand

Joint ticket available for all three films £24, concs £18 (Members pay £3 less) availble through the BFI box office in person or by phone.

  • Funny Girl

    Funny Girl

    Barbra Streisand is the greatest star in the tale of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice.

  • Hello, Dolly!

    Hello, Dolly!

    70mm presentation of Barbra Streisand’s triumphant, whirlwind performance as Dolly Levi.

  • Yentl


    Streisand directs and stars in this musical about a woman who goes to extreme lengths to get an education.


Four classic films; just bigger, better and louder.

Bob Fosse

Joint ticket available for all three films £24, concs £18 (Members pay £3 less) availble through the BFI box office in person or by phone.


Family screenings

Talks and events

BFI Course


  • 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.


“Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for... This is the greatest show!”
The Greatest Showman

Want to escape our troubled times? From October through to the end of December immerse yourself in the emotional, life-enhancing pleasures of the musical. Expect the biggest stars! Expect epic song-and-dance routines! Expect Technicolor! Expect exclamation marks!!! We’ll be celebrating musical talent from the late 1920s to today, rubbing sequinned shoulders with the likes of Astaire, Streisand, Jackman and Beyoncé, and exploring the visionary work of those behind the camera, artists who transformed the musical into the most joyful and creative of film genres. Going beyond escapism, our global journey will see how the musical tackled the Depression, confronted racism and how it continues to reflect the contemporary world. But most of all we’ll be having fun.

Robin Baker


See our screenings of Singin’ in the Rain, Tommy, and our families’ musicals.

Coming in Dec: An American in Paris, Kiss Me Kate (3D), The Wizard of Oz and much more!

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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