PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER AND NOT AS ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED (9 SEPTEMBER).

Reading’s historic Olympia Ballroom will be transformed into Fat Sam’s Speakeasy for one night only next month as Reading Year of Culture marks the town’s links with Bugsy Malone.

Bugsy Malone car on set in Reading, Credit Reading Museum
Bugsy Malone car on set in Reading, Credit Reading Museum

Friday September 16 will see an immersive evening at the London Street venue featuring film, music, special guests – and splurge guns!

The iconic movie musical – which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year – was filmed in Reading, with the old Huntley & Palmers building on Kings Road providing both the exterior of the splurge gun factory and the interior of Fat Sam’s, where much of the film’s action takes place.

There will be surprises and special guests throughout the evening. Before the screening of the 1976 movie – starring Scott Baio and Jodie Foster and directed by Sir Alan Parker – there will be live performances by top Reading jazz and blues singer Ma Bessie & The Pig Foot Band as well as a swing band.

The audience are encouraged to dress up and will be able to take advantage of vintage styling from Electric Hairdressing and Jelly, before sampling some Chicago-style food and drink.

Reading Year of Culture producer Zsuzsi Lindsay said: “We’re so excited to be bringing Bugsy home to Reading 40 years on for this special night. It’s particularly pleasing to have so many local performers and businesses on board.”

Tickets are £20 and available at www.readingarts.com and on 0118 9606060.

 

 

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