Liberace and Despicable Me movies at Alban Arena

Behind the Candleabra

Behind the Candleabra - Credit: Archant

BEFORE Elvis, Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, the name synonymous with showmanship and extravagance was flamboyant pianist and entertainer Liberace.

He was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career.

The film about Liberace, entitled Behind The Candelabra, screens at The Alban Arena at 7.30pm tomorrow night (Friday).

Liberace (Michael Douglas) lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair.

Behind The Candelabra takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship – from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up.

Tickets are £7 or £5 for concessions available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or online at

Animated sequel, Despicable Me 2, screens at The Alban Arena this Saturday morning.

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Dr Nefario and the minions return along with a whole host of new characters in the film which starts at 11am. Tickets are £5.