Film Screening in the Nave Lives Up to Expectations

Fri, 15 March 2013

It was a bitterly cold night on Thursday 28th February but that didn’t stop over 550 people attending our sell-out screening of Mike Newell’s new film, Great Expectations.

Film goers enjoyed a truly spectacular scene as they arrived at the candlelit West End. Characters from Dickens’ classic tale played by members of the Company of Ten greeted visitors as they entered the nave - Magwitch roamed around the marshland skilfully created by Diana Glanville and the Flower Guild, whilst Miss Havisham brooded at her magnificent, decaying wedding table designed by Maddi Cox. Live music was provided by a wonderful string quartet from St Albans Symphony Orchestra who played pieces inspired by the leading characters in the book.

Before the film, the audience heard from the Director himself, Mike Newell, whose family connections with the Cathedral date back over 200 years. Both he and his father were Head Chorister. "In an odd and mysterious way my work is connected to this place," he said. "I swear this is where I started to use that part of my imagination."

The event raised money to support the work of the Cathedral's Education Trust, of which Mike Newell is a trustee.


We would like to give special thanks to everyone who dedicated their time and enthusiasm to make this event such a success, including: Maddi Cox, Diana Glanville, Cathedral Stewards, The Flower Guild, The Company of Ten, Emily Kragh and her String Quartet from the St Albans Symphony Orchestra, The St Albans Film Festival, Russ Gordon,Vortex Events, Donato Cinicolo and of course Mike Newell.

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