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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Live Concert Review | The Bridgewater Hall | Manchester

Taking the journey farther than it has ever been before, the live orchestra are ready to refresh the Star Wars universe, expanding out to a new audience with their fleet of orchestral talent. The blockbuster is reborn with a live backing of the classic soundtrack, performed alongside a cinema screen projection of the film.

Only Sith’s deal in absolutes but you’ll have to forgive me for stating that Return of the Jedi is truly one of the best Star Wars sequels to be made. Holding its place within one of the most replicated sci-fi series of the genre. The live orchestral production will be performed two days in a row to ensure everyone has a chance to unearth this classic. Tonight, George Lucas’ space opera is a packed event, with such an overwhelming support for the force that has shaped and influenced generations of cinema-goers.

On another crusade to crack the Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader plots to construct another Death Star with the hope of attacking anyone who stands in the way of the dark side. While Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) attempts to take down the Empire with the help of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and some ghostly apparitions.

Released in 1983 and boasting an unforgettable score by John Williams, Return of the Jedi is the highest-grossing film of its year's release within a franchise that continues to dominate the charts. As the packed-out Bridgewater Hall performs a live rendition of the action-packed finale, its familiar story of love and responsibility is recaptured in a fantastically cinematic way. With a moving delivery from the Novello Orchestra given underneath the projected screening, this memorable live concert is unparalleled in its presentation.

The stunning live production extends the reach of its films out to young and old alike as the lengthy saga continues to capture the imaginations of fans ranging from older follows of the Machette Order, to the younger “baby Yoda” fanatics. Disney’s continuous retelling and revisiting has lengthened the Star Wars universe out to a vast audience of supporters, unleashing them into the Bridgewater crowd with costumes taking us all the way to Tatooine.

This legendary franchise still has legs, offering new spin-offs, Logo remakes and prequels. However, the live concerts orchestration restores the Star Wars equilibrium, offering the original saga recreated for a nostalgia trip like no other.

Tickets are available through the Bridgewater Hall link


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