Frozen sing-alongs come to Wales's fairytale castle

Wednesday 07 October 2015

  • Pop up cinema at Coch

  • Pop up cinema at Coch

  • Pop up cinema at Coch

  • Pop up cinema at Coch

The Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw) is bringing a Frozen sing-along to the fairytale grounds of Castell Coch on Saturday, 10 October.

Complete with sing-along support from Welsh National Opera musicians, and immersive ‘winter wonderland’ effects choreographed by University of South Wales, the event will see the phenomenally popular Disney film light up a one-of-a-kind silver screen.

The screening is part of a programme of pop-up cinema events taking place at the gothic castle over the second weekend of October (9 & 10) in partnership with Chapter Arts Centre, BFI Film Audience Network, Film Hub Wales, Welsh National Opera and University of South Wales, before being rolled out at Caerphilly Castle in late November (20 & 21).

The range of screenings includes further family favourites Beauty & the Beast and The Princess Bride, while the 1925 silent version of cult musical Phantom of the Opera also features on the bill – complete with a special Welsh National Opera pre-show warm up and a live musical score from Steepways Collective.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Mixing movies with monuments might sound unusual, but these events show first-hand how the arts and heritage can merge to help people see our iconic sites in a new light.

“Taking cinema outdoors into the grounds of an inspiring monument and adding dramatic live music and stunning special effects, helps turn something as ordinary as watching a film into a full, immersive, experience.

“A huge amount of collaborative effort goes into arranging these events, so I congratulate all the partners involved for bringing these magnificent experiences to the public.”

During the screenings Welsh food and drink wizards Dusty Knuckle Pizza and the Crafty Devil Brewing Company will also pop up on site to deliver pizza, snacks and hot or cold drinks to hungry and thirsty cinemagoers.

Seated screenings will take place in the circular courtyard of Castell Coch, while Caerphilly Castle will host its performances in the Great Hall. Visitors are advised to wrap up warm for the shows.

To book tickets to the screenings at either Castell Coch (9-10 October) or Caerphilly Castle (20-21 November) visit www.chapter.org or call the box office on 02920 304 400.

For more information about the events visit www.gov.wales/cadw, or view the video from last year’s events online.

Event Listings

October: Castell Coch Events

Friday 9 October - 5pm
Beauty & The Beast (Disney)
Dir: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise. With Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson
USA/1991/88mins/U

The spirited village girl Belle enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.
£10/£8

Friday 9 October - 8pm
The Princess Bride
UK/1987/98mins/PG
Dir: Rob Reiner. With Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant

A beautiful young woman is captured by an arrogant prince to be his bride, but her heart belongs to her one true love who must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to find her.  A delightful fairy tale adventure, with an intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance and comedy.
£15/£12

Saturday 10 October - 5pm
Frozen Singalong
Dir: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. Voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad
USA/2013/108mins/PG

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. With a singalong warm up provided by Welsh National Opera.
£10/£8

Saturday 10 October - 8pm
Phantom Of The Opera*
USA/1925/93mins/PG
Dir: Rupert Julian. With Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry

A crazed masked man living in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera falls in love with the voice of a young opera singer. Infatuated, he kidnaps her, dragging her to the depths below where she will sing only for him. This classic silent horror masterpiece sees an incredible grotesque performance from Lon Chaney.
*With a live score performed by Steepways Sound Collective and pre-event musical intervention by Welsh National Opera.
£15/£12

November: Caerphilly Castle Events

Friday 20 November - 5pm
Beauty & The Beast (Disney)
Dir: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise. With Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson
USA/1991/88mins/U

The spirited village girl Belle enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.
£10/£8

Friday 20 November - 8pm
The Princess Bride
UK/1987/98mins/PG
Dir: Rob Reiner. With Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant

A beautiful young woman is captured by an arrogant prince to be his bride, but her heart belongs to her one true love who must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to find her.  A delightful fairy tale adventure, with an intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance and comedy.
£15/£12

Saturday 21 November - 5pm
Frozen Singalong
Dir: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. Voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad
USA/2013/108mins/PG

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. With a singalong warm up provided by Welsh National Opera.
£10/£8

Saturday 21 November - 8pm
Phantom Of The Opera*
USA/1925/93mins/PG
Dir: Rupert Julian. With Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry

A crazed masked man living in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera falls in love with the voice of a young opera singer. Infatuated, he kidnaps her, dragging her to the depths below where she will sing only for him. This classic silent horror masterpiece sees an incredible grotesque performance from Lon Chaney.
*With a live score performed by Steepways Sound Collective and pre-event musical intervention by Welsh National Opera.
£15/£12