On the evening of October 1st, at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, Sir Michael Caine will host a charity concert featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and special guests to celebrate his 50 years in film and to raise money for the NSPCC, of which he is a patron.
The evening will consist of highlights of some of the most famous scores from his most memorable films, beginning with his old friend John Barry’s indelible music for Alfie and The Ipcress File, in the mid-Sixties, right up to today and his more recent friend Hans Zimmer’s score for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, in which Caine plays Alfred.
Scenes from the films will be projected on to a big screen and Caine – in conversation with Jonathan Ross – will talk the audience through iconic moments from his extraordinary career: The Italian Job, Get Carter, Hannah and Her Sisters, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and many more.
Caine’s concern with child protection issues goes all the way back to his own childhood. “During the war,” he says, “I was evacuated for six years with my mother and brother to Norfolk. For a month of that I was on my own and I was very badly treated. They used to go away for the weekend and lock me in a cupboard under the stairs until they came back Monday morning. Since then I’ve always had a great sympathy for and concern with children who are in need of protection.
“The NSPCC is a truly worthy cause and I hope people will be interested in coming along on October 1st and supporting that cause, and also hearing some terrific music.” And some wonderful stories too, no doubt.
Tickets available from 9am on 5 August 2014, priced from £30-£80. Hospitality packages available now from royalalberthall.com and at the Royal Albert Hall box office. Tickets also available from Gigs and Tours and Ticketmaster.