The Great Escape

Dir: John Sturges
Cast: Richard Attenborough, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Donald Pleasence, Charles Bronson, James Coburn
172mins   1963   US   PG   English, German   

75th Anniversary screening with Dan Snow live from the Apollo

Historian and presenter Dan Snow hosts a commemorative evening featuring music, interviews with veterans and special guests. The live show from the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith will be streamed to cinemas nationwide and is followed by a gala screening of the re-released 1963 cult film, starring Steve McQueen.

Britain’s Got Talent finalists The D-Day Darlings will perform classics from their album I’ll Remember You and a specially created arrangement of the film’s iconic theme tune. The famous Triumph TR6 motorcycle, ridden by Steve McQueen in the dramatic fence-jump scene, will make a rare appearance on stage.

Dan Snow will hear from veterans of the Second World War’s most daring escape and will explore the history and science behind the operation with renowned historian Paul Beaver and Dr Hugh Hunt of the University of Cambridge.

Audiences will discover how Squadron Leader Roger ‘Big X’ Bushell’s ingenious plan inspired one of the most famous war films of all time. Also starring James Garner and Richard Attenborough and directed by John Sturges, the film will be screened in stunning 4K at Depot and tells a fictionalised version of the real-life prisoner-of-war story.


Sun 24 March