Michael Ball and Alfie Boe to hit UK cinema screens with arena concert

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 11:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 11:29 am

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe promise to delight cinema audiences up and down the country with the final show of their UK tour from earlier this year.

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together will be shown on more than 1,000 screens in cinemas which are reopening across the UK and Ireland, including major multiplexes and many independent cinemas and arts centres.

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Recorded at London’s O2 Arena on the last date of their 2020 tour earlier this year, the show, which is postponed from its original screening in March, will now come to cinemas from October 17.

The show sees the superstar duo take on their favourite musical theatre, pop and rock tracks, including songs from the Lion King, The Greatest Showman and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as a Queen medley.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: ‘Hopefully, we can spread some of that joy and live entertainment through the screens with you and all remember what it’s like to be at a concert’

The Guardian called Ball & Boe’s 2020 UK tour “barnstorming”, whilst the Scottish Daily Mail said the duo “delivered a lung-bursting, crowd-pleasing evening”.

As a cinema exclusive, audiences will be treated to candid behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the duo. In a joint statement, Michael and Alfie said: “After a long and unexpected delay, we’re excited to finally be able to share the final show of our 2020 Arena tour on the big screen.

"If, like us, you’ve missed the magic of live music during the pandemic, please come on down to your local cinema to watch our concert. We had so much fun performing at this show before the world turned into a crazy place. Hopefully, we can spread some of that joy and live entertainment through the screens with you and all remember what it’s like to be at a concert.”

Ball and Boe’s debut album Together became the UK’s best-selling album of 2016 and beat the likes of Little Mix and Rolling Stones to the Christmas number 1 spot. The follow up Together Again brought the pair a second number 1 album in 2017, and in 2019 they released their third record Back Together, scoring them yet another top 5 chart position.

Meeting over a decade ago in a production of Kismet at the London Coliseum, the pair struck up an immediate friendship, going on to become chart superstars. As a duo, Ball and Boe have now sold over a million albums in the UK, received two Classic Brit Awards and sold out two headline arena tours.

As solo artists, the pair have both received countless awards, achieved record-breaking sales and chart successes. With a career spanning over 30 years, Michael is a multi-platinum recording artist, having two Olivier awards under his belt and becoming a popular radio and TV presenter. His live performances have smashed box office records.

Alfie has become Britain’s most popular and biggest-selling tenor. Having performed on the world’s greatest opera stages and arenas, he has also won a Tony Award, led the cast of Les Misérables and performed for the Queen at her 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit ballandboeincinemas.com for more information and to find cinema locations.