A LIVE Star Wars music extravaganza is to be premiered in London, at the O2 next April.

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“To have the premiere at the O2 is a real coup for us,” said venue boss David Campbell. “I know there will be a lot of very happy Star Wars fans out there when they hear the news.”

The exact format of the show is still under wraps, but it is essentially a music-led event and has both John Williams, the composer of the music for the Star Wars series, and George Lucas, its legendary producer, on board.

Williams has agreed to re-write some of his famous Star Wars tunes, so that the music – to be played live by the Royal Philharmonic orchestra – runs smoothly when the six films are reduced to two hours for the show.

Accompanying the music will be scenes from the films beamed onto giant screens and a commentary, probably voiced by one of the movie’s stars.

Tickets are set to cost between £30 and £100 pounds and will be on sale from Monday 15 December, for shows starting on 10 April 2009. You would have thought May the 4th would be a better start date.

After London, the show will then go on a world tour.