2020 marks an important dual anniversary for the extraordinary figure of Thomas Becket. It will be 850 years since his dramatic murder on the 29 December 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral, and 800 years since his body was moved on the 7 July 1220 from a tomb in the crypt of the cathedral into a glittering shrine.
Southwark Cathedral in association with The Friends of Southwark Cathedral are delighted to screen Paramount Pictures 1964 picture Becket by candlelight.
Directed by Peter Glenville , Becket is one of the great historical epics and features one of cinema's most legendary pairings - Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole.
King Henry appoints his trusted companion to the esteemed position of Archbishop of Canterbury, believing his loyalty will give him control over the church. However, Becket takes his new duties seriously and his devotion to God soon brings him into direct conflict with the State and his lifelong friend.
Becket was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Actor (O'Toole and Burton), Best Supporting Actor (Gielgud) and Best Director (Glenville) winning Best Adapted Screenplay.
This film will be introduced by The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark who will give us a short insight into the life of Thomas Becket including why he preached his last sermon at the priory of St Mary Overie (now Southwark Cathedral) and the impact Becket has had on our lives over the centuries.
Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
Running time 2.5 hours
Thomas Becket - Richard Burton
King Henry II - Peter O'Toole
King Louis VII of France - John Gielgud
Gilbert Folliot, Bishop of London - Donald Wolfit
Empress Matilda - Martita Hunt
Queen Eleanor - Pamela Brown
Gwendolen - Siân Phillips
Archbishop of Canterbury - Felix Aylmer
Cardinal Zambelli - Gino Cervi
Pope Alexander III - Paolo Stoppa
Brother John - David Weston
Baron - Percy Herbert
Director - Peter Glenville
Writer - Jean Anouilh
Writer - Edward Anhalt
If you have any questions about this event please contact Kate Dean, Director of The Friends of Southwark Cathedral at firstname.lastname@example.org