Unveiled -Liberace’s life behind the veneer

Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, showing at Hebden Bridge Picture House
Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, showing at Hebden Bridge Picture House

Flamboyant entertainer, pianist and showman Liberace’s lavish lifestyle was never far from view on stage and television.

But the outer veneer of extravagance hid a personal secret that he did not want his devoted audiences to find out.

Hebden Bridge Picture House screens the story of the 50-something virtuoso pianist and a young man with whom he embarked on asecretive five-year love affair.

‘Behind the Candelabra’ (15) is screened tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at 7.45pm and next Thursday at 10.30am and 7.45pm.

Michael Douglas stars as the entertainer, with Matt Damon playing Scott Thorson, the 17 year old with whom Liberace had a tempestuous relationship until their bitter and public break-up in the 1980s.

Another entertaining duo, this time with no serious relationship problems, are Wallace and Gromit, who bring ‘The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ (U) to the venue on Saturday and Sunday (1.30pm).

Tonight action movie ‘The Iceman’ (15) at 7.45pm follows this morning’s final showing of subtitled ‘Populaire’ (12A) at 10.30am.

There’s another French subtitled film on Monday and Tuesday - ‘Something in the Air’ (15) while for one night only ‘Beware of Mr Baker’ (15) is on Wednesday.

For more details call 01422 842807 or visit www.hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk