Minima: Nosferatu

Friday 22 July 2022

8pm • St. George's Guildhall • £15 (under 25’s 50% off)

Nosferatu is one of the silent era’s masterpieces. Its eerie, Gothic feel - and chilling performance from Max Shrek as the vampire - set the template for horror films that followed. Darkly humorous and tender too - this is a story of yearning and the search for fulfilment.

A century since the its premiere, F.W. Murnau’s film continues to haunt - and, indeed, terrify - modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. Murnau captured the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare in this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.

A real-estate transaction leads Hutter, an intrepid businessman, deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. Here he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok, who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land and establish his dominion. Whether the count’s campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival, that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all…

Minima are a Bristol-based four-piece group specialising in live accompaniment to screenings of silent films since 2006. Their instrumentation includes cello, double bass, guitars, dulcimer, synthesiser and drum kit, creating an uncompromising and unique live sound. This new reworking of their own original score to Nosferatu teases out the film’s grim humour, immersing the audience in a nightmare world.

“Minima's spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie... spellbinding accompaniment.” (The Guardian)

“A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.” (Financial Times)

“The atmosphere was absolutely magical… hundreds of people seemed utterly spellbound.” (East End Film Festival 2012)

“One of the spring’s coolest events… Minima capture the film’s disturbing mood perfectly.” (Daily Telegraph)

Book tickets CLOSE UP: The Sound of Fear at the same time as Nosferatu for £18.

Public booking opens: Tuesday 3 May
Priority booking for Patrons opens Tuesday 19 April and for Friends on Monday 25 April.

St. George's Guildhall

King Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1EU

St George's Guildhall is the largest surviving medieval guildhall in England - boasting many original and rare medieval features. The first theatre production was in 1442 and was officially reopened after an ambitious restoration in 1951, marking the start of the first King’s Lynn Festival.

Car Parking
The nearest parking for the Guildhall is on the Tuesday Market Place or behind the Corn Exchange on Common Staithe Quay.  Please note: Charges apply 24 hours a day, including for Blue Badge holders. lease ensure you pay the correct fee.  Current charges are available on the borough council website:  https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/

Accessibility
There are stairs to the auditorium with access for those with restricted mobility via a stair climber.  For further accessibility information please contact the box office on 01553 764864

Seating
All of our Guildhall festival events have reserved seats.  The following seating plan is to be used as a guide only – for further details please contact the box office.

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