Play it again, Sam
Why cant Ricks Bar be there all the time? The jazz singers, the dancing ladies, the indoor palm trees, the glitter-and-fur fashions For anyone not in the know, Ricks is the iconic bar in classic wartime movie Casablanca presided over by the white tuxedod Humphrey Boghart, AKA Rick Blaine. Its where his former sweetheart Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) shows up out of the blue as well as a half-way house for rogues, rebels and artists desperate to make their escape to America and out of the clutches of the Nazi rule. Sounds exciting right? Well you can join the party thanks to Future Cinemas (the guys who also do Secret Cinema) latest immersive movie- watching experience.
The wonderful Troxy in Whitechapel is todays Ricks a beautiful art deco theatre transformed into a jazz-style bar, complete with very-civilised-we-must-say table seating, a glistening stage to host numerous singing and leg-kicking acts and, of course, that piano. Even if you havent seen the film youll know the famous line, Play it again Sam. And Sam does, several times in fact. You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss sigh. And once As Time Goes By has been played live, and youve had time to down a few potent Casablanca cocktails (served in a chic bath), feast on some Moro-prepared Moroccan harissa chicken and couscous and perhaps try your hand at the casino, the 1942 film will be played in full. Go, you wont regret it just watch out for the Fez -wearing militia and be quick, tickets are selling out fast.
Ricks Café Américain remains open until March 23rd to accommodate Casablancas most illustrious guests from across the world. Expect Secret Artists, Benoît Viellefon and the house band, as well as expertly prepared Moroccan delicacies by Exmouth Markets Moro.