The Royal Albert Hall is set to host a series of new science festivals throughout May and June 2018, in collaboration with the UK Space Agency. The Festival of Science: Space will include a mix of stellar talks, screenings, comedy shows, concerts and family events.

Twenty events across four spaces have already been confirmed for the festival. The “Films in Concert” shows in the 5,200-capacity auditorium will see three classic sci-fi films screened in full on a mammoth screen, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Headlining the series is Space Shambles – Chris Hadfield and Robin Ince’s science show – alongside screenings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek and Star Trek Beyond, the chance to delve into the celestial with Imperial College professors, and a comedy book club featuring stand-up Josie Long.

Elsewhere, visitors can learn about the science behind the movies in the Hall’s Gallery, explore Mars, Saturn and Jupiter with Imperial College, and test their scientific knowledge in a late night quiz.

Lucy Noble, artistic director at the Royal Albert Hall, commented: “The Hall was established in 1871 to promote the arts and sciences, and science remains such a key part of what we do. To launch our new science festivals, space seemed the perfect theme: the incredible exploits of Chris Hadfield and Tim Peake have captured the imagination of the whole world, and underline the incredible hold that the subject has on us.

“This season will look at space in both reality and fiction, with fascinating insights from scientists rubbing shoulders with fantastic phantasmagorias from the imaginations of Steven Spielberg, J. J. Abrams and Tove Janssen, and some of the most eye-opening, mind-bending and sublimely beautiful music ever inspired by space.”