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The making of Chariots of fire

  • Eric Liddle Centre 15 Morningside Road Edinburgh, Scotland, EH10 4DP United Kingdom (map)

Returning by popular demand for it’s forth year. As technical adviser on the film, Tom gives a rare insight into the making of the 1981 Oscar winning picture.

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest.

First released in 1981, nominated for 7 Academy Awards and winner of 4, Chariots of Fire is a remarkable study of single minded ambition and the power of the human spirit and is generally agreed to be as fresh and relevant today as when it was first released.

Join us for a pre-theatre meal at Henricks before the event or indulge in late-night cocktails in the relaxing and comfortable setting of our little bar.

Our non-alcoholic Citrus Punch is the perfect cocktail for athletes, or kick back with an Edinburgh Rose, dangerously moreish when paired with our favourite Haggis Toastie.

Situated a 10 minute walk from the Eric Liddle Centre, you can be assured of making curtain up.

Pre-theatre meals of two or three courses available for £12.50 and £16 respectively.

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