Photo Flash: Christopher Eccleston, Emma Hamilton and Nikki-Amuka Bird Present THE TIME MACHINE

Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, Thor), Emma Hamilton (The Tudors, The Musketeers, Mr Selfridge) and Nikki-Amuka Bird (Luther, Quarry, Survivors) open Southbank Centre's 10th London Literature Festival on Wednesday 5 October with a live reading of HG Wells's classic work, The Time Machine, on stage in front of Royal Festival Hall's world-famous organ.

The special adaptation and performance is directed by Cedering Fox of Word Theatre® to mark the 150th anniversary this year of the birth of HG Wells, the father of science fiction. Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston performs the role of the Time Traveller and leads the cast in a performance which also features music from James McVinnie on Royal Festival Hall's magnificent organ, representing the sounds of the Time Machine.

Southbank Centre's 10th London Literature Festival (5 - 16 October) explores the theme Living in Future Times and examines how we are already living in an era predicted by Science Fiction, celebrating the work of the world's most visionary writers and artists including Margaret Atwood and Richard Dawkins. The Time Machine performance takes place on Wednesday 5 October in Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets still available and range from £15 - £25. Please see the website or call 020 7960 4200 to book.

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