With the recent news that Alicia Vikander will be inheriting Angelina Jolie’s role as the cinematic incarnation of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider game series is enjoying a massive cultural resurgence.

Today we’re bringing you news of the World Premiere of Nathan McCree’s Tomb Raider Suite, to be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and conducted by Robert Ziegler on Sunday, the 18th of December at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London.

tomeb-raider-the-faceThe event will celebrate the evocative music from the first three Tomb Raider games, courtesy of an 80-piece orchestra and chorus. Those who know the games well will remember how important Nathan McCree’s thrilling soundscapes were to the immersion of the games. At the time the exploration of the exotic landscapes and impeccably designed levels were almost cinematic in their scope.

The music was an integral part of this, and now you can enjoy the familiar pieces along with in-game footage shown on a giant screen behind the orchestra.

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Shelley Blond, the original voice actress for Lara Croft, is presenting the evening; her presence will be a touchstone for gamers, so important was her voice in getting us to know and love the first leading female game character.

Here’s the event announcement made by composer Nathan McCree on Twitter.

McCree will be attending a pre-concert event to talk about creating the music for the original games, and how video game music has evolved over the years. He has commented on the event, calling it a ‘wonderful opportunity for the fans, as well as me, to hear the music as I had always intended it.’

On the twentieth anniversary of the release of the original Tomb Raider this promises to be a unique opportunity to celebrate the beloved games, so important they directly influenced hundreds of subsequent games and became the poster child for a new generation of players.

You can find more information and book your tickets here, and we’ll have a couple of opportunities to win tickets right here on HeyUGuys – check back for more details soon.