Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Oh, happy day: a live Sister Act show is coming to London


If we were to make a list of the films we turn to when the real world feels a bit much, Sister Act would be up there. The cult 1992 musical comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg as a nightclub-singer-turned-nun, strikes the perfect balance between silly, sarcastic and schmaltzy, and is guaranteed to give you warm, fuzzy feelings whenever you watch it (Mean Girls and Clueless, we find, have a similar effect).

One of Sister Act’s greatest attributes, of course, was the music. Hail Holy Queen! My God (My Guy)! I Will Follow Him! Even for the non-religious among us, it’s almost impossible not to join in when a group of nuns starts singing Etta James.

With that in mind, you might want to clear a bit of space in your diary next month. Six special screenings of Sister Act are coming to London – and they’re accompanied by a full gospel choir.

Read more: Stylist meets Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sister Act stage musical, with music by Beauty and the Beast’s Alan Menken, launched in the West End in 2009 (the show is currently on tour around the UK). But the Sister Act Live Choir offers something a little different. From 21-29 April, London’s beautiful Central Hall Westminster – itself a Methodist church – will be transformed into a pop-up cinema, with live music provided by the 35-piece Uplifted Voices choir and a full band.

The screenings are the brainchild of Amacoast Cinema, an organisation dedicated to creating immersive cinema experiences based around black cinema.

sister act

Performers at last year's Sister Act Live Choir.

Similar screenings last year were entirely sold out, with many audience members turning up in full nun-garb themselves.

“We intend to put on one of the most powerful and uplifting immersive live cinemas experiences London has experienced,” says Amacoast Cinema founder Dele Aro.

He adds: “It’s great to see Amacoast Cinema connecting large groups of diverse people together to share a unique experience and create new memories around film.”

sister act

Audience members at a Sister Act Live Choir screening in 2016.

Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Wilson (Whoopi Goldberg), a wise-cracking lounge singer in Reno, Nevada. When she witnesses someone being murdered by her mobster boyfriend, Deloris goes on the run, taking refuge in the one place she assumes he’ll never think to look: a convent.

The original Sister Act film featured a script by Paul M. Rudnick and the late, great Carrie Fisher (writing under the pseudonym Joseph Howard). Despite a mixed critical reception it was one of the most financially successful films of the early 1990s, and over the years has become a cult favourite.

A sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit was released in 1993. Goldberg herself has hinted that she wouldn’t be opposed to taking part in a Sister Act 3, although she sounds comfortable with the story being told on stage rather than on camera for now.

“I would love to do it, but we sort of sent it out on stage – world domination, it’s in all these different countries,” she told Out magazine last September. “But should they ever make a three it would be lots of fun. I think people would like it.”

Tickets for the Sister Act Live Choir start at £35. For more information, see amacoastcinema.com. We’ll see you in church…

Images: Rex Features, Amacoast Cinema


katy perry lgbt rights.jpg

Katy Perry on reconciling her sexuality with her religious upbringing

buffy mesSAGE.JPG

Sarah Michelle Gellar has a very important message for Buffy fans

what to watch on tv.jpg

The Netflix gems to binge-watch based on your favourite TV shows



London's best pop-up bars for summer 2017

Sunset cocktail on the beach, anyone?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Jun 2017

To the Bone director defends drama from claims it “triggers” anorexia

The first trailer for the Netflix drama has sparked controversy

by Elle Griffiths
26 Jun 2017

Bride asks bridesmaids to pay for her designer dress

Well, Marchesa ain't cheap...

by Anna Pollitt
26 Jun 2017

GirlBoss is latest show to fall victim to Netlflix's cancelling spree

The series has been culled after just one season

by Elle Griffiths
26 Jun 2017

Woman forced to leave pool over “inappropriate” swimming costume

Misogynists couldn’t handle her pink one-piece

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Jun 2017

Clueless nearly never got made because of Hollywood sexism

As Cher would say, as if

by Jasmine Andersson
23 Jun 2017

Starbucks are hiring 2,500 refugees across Europe

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

Man carries out flower girl duties with immense pride and solemnity

His commitment is quite something

by Amy Swales
23 Jun 2017

Shocking US law says men can finish sex if woman withdraws consent


by Moya Crockett
23 Jun 2017

Serial fans, Adnan Syed has been given a second chance in court

New hope for Syed supporters

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017