WIN: Tickets to see Peterloo at Curzon cinema

PUBLISHED: 14:30 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 13 December 2018

Peterloo. Picture: Simon Mein

Peterloo. Picture: Simon Mein

Simon Mein

The drama of the Peterloo Massacre will be relived on screen in a new historical drama.

Peterloo will mark the 200th anniversary of the massacre of 1819.

On August 16, a crowd of some 60,000 people from Manchester and surrounding towns gathered in St Peter’s Field, a public square in the northern city.

The crowds demanded parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights.

The meeting had meant to be peaceful but in the attempt to arrest a leader of the meeting, the armed government panicked and charged upon the crowd.

The toll of casualties has always been disputed but as many as 15 people were killed and up to 700 wounded.

The immediate effect of the massacre saw a crackdown on reform as the authorities feared the country was heading towards armed rebellion.

The outcry led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian, which is now know as just The Guardian, and played a significant role in the passage through Parliament of the Great Reform Act 13 years later.

The act mean a wide-ranging change to the electoral system in England and Wales.

The film was selected to be screened in the main competition of the 75th Venice International Film Festival but premiered as a part of the BFI London Film Festival in Manchester.

The screening marks the first time the festival has held a premiere outside London.

The Times has teamed up with the cinema to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to see the film.

This competition will close at 9am on Monday morning.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

By entering this competition you are agreeing to be contacted by Archant and the cinema regarding the prize.

Curzon staff and volunteers are not eligible to enter this competition.

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