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The Bonington turns 40! King of Comedy Screening


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Saturday 7 May @ 1.30 PM

The Bonington Theatre opened its doors to the public on the 24th April 1982, so we thought we'd have a low-key celebration as we turn 40 years old this year, by showing one of the best films from 1982!

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a failure in life but a celebrity in his own mind, hosting an imaginary talk show in his mother's basement. When he meets actual talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he's convinced it will provide his big break, but Langford isn't interested in the would-be comedian. Undaunted, Pupkin effectively stalks Langford -- and when that doesn't work, he kidnaps him, offering his release in exchange for a guest spot on Langford's show.

"Best Martin Scorsese film? The King of Comedy, any day" - Mark Kermode

*The film will include a short introduction with local historian Bob Massey

Directed by Martin Scorsese
With Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis
1hr 41 mins // 1982

Price: £6.50 Standard | £5.50 Concession | £4 (16-25 Members) Buy ticket