The Gold Rush had its premiere at the now-demolished Gaiety Theatre on Peter Street in Manchester on 11 January 1926 and was one of Charlie Chaplin’s most critically acclaimed and successful films. Telling the story of a hapless prospector looking for riches and love in the frozen wastes of Alaska, it is a comic triumph shot through with poetry and pathos, and Chaplin said of it that ‘This is the picture that I want to be remembered by’.
This special anniversary screening is presented in partnership with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation to coincide with the exhibition Burgess and Chaplin, taking place Tuesday 8 March 2016. The screening on Wednesday 13 January will be introduced by Will Carr from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.
Immediately after Wednesday 13 January’s screening of The Gold Rush, audience members are welcome to join us at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation at the Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY (just around the corner from HOME) for a chance to look at the new exhibition Burgess and Chaplin, and to hear from the curators and discuss the film.