Jaws in Concert at The Bridgewater Hall

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, The Village Screen Quarantine Cinema Take 4 brings us 1975's classic, Jaws.

Jaws in Concert at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre 6 April 2018 Tickets from £29.50

So simple, insistent and driving, that it seems unstoppable, like the attack of the shark,” – that’s how composer John Williams describes the iconic motif that he devised to signal the approach the shark that terrorises the residents and holiday makers of Amnity Island in the run up to the 4th July holiday. It’s arguably the most recognisable piece of film music ever written, a few notes that have spread so far as to become synonymous with the beast at the heart of the film (and of course repeatedly hummed on beaches the world over in order to wind up nervous swimmers.) It’s little surprise then, that The Bridgewater Hall have opted to invite conductor Ben Palmer and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra to perform Williams’ score live alongside the film this April.

Jaws was, at the time of its release, the most successful film ever made and it is often credited with the dubious honor of ushering in the era of the blockbuster. But Steven Spielberg’s film is very different to the carefully managed studio blockbusters we have today. The classic men-on-a-mission structure is buoyed by razor-sharp suspense sequences – the screen-time of the shark was famously, and fortunately, limited due to technical issues which the director thanked for helping him think like Alfred Hitchcock rather than Ray Harryhausen – that build under Spielberg’s superior direction. Just as memorable are the characters who power the movie: a believably raggedy, anti-establishment trio made up of Roy Scheider’s new-to-the-island police chief Brody, Richard Dreyfuss’ determined oceanographer Hooper, and Robert Shaw’s grizzled shark hunter Quint.

Jaws in Concert at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre 6 April 2018

Book Now

What's on: Cinema

MIF23: Jenn Nkiru

Visionary filmmaker Jenn Nkiru turns her attention to Manchester with a brand new short film.

free entry

Culture Guides


We go all in on festivals, with a round-up of everything from city-spanning giants to grassroots gems you may not know about.


There's no rest for the art lover - this month brings outdoor sculpture, musings on water, political drawings and Liverpool Biennial 2023!

Classical Music

Summer's classical music calendar is filling up nicely! Read our top picks of concerts happening in Manchester and the North.

Winnie the Pooh at Manchester Opera House

The sun has finally got his hat on! Enjoy our top picks of family-friendly events and activities, both indoors and outdoors.

Gerry Potter (credit Lee Baxter)

Books are big this summer, with festival readings, poetry slams, creative writing activities and famous faces all putting in an appearance.

Food and Drink

All signs point toward June being a scorcher of a month, so let’s take a look at all things summery food and drink.

Tours and Activities

From literary activities to brilliant independent shops, keep your minds and homes filled with the good stuff this month.

Theatre in Manchester

Check out our updated guide for lively theatre festivals, rip-roaring rooftop circus and dreamy outdoor shows.