HALLELUJAH is a feel-good comedy-drama inspired by real events. In the tradition of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and THE KING’S SPEECH, the film tells the story of Messiah - one of the most famous pieces of music ever created, and its chaotic, spectacular first performance.
In the riotous, vibrant cities of 18th Century London and Dublin, the drink-sodden and cantankerous composer, GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL, is a forgotten man to all but his faithful, whip-smart valet PETER. Worse still, Handel has lost his inspiration to compose. But when he overhears the singing of famous actress SUSANNAH CIBBER, Handel is moved to once again write some of the greatest music ever heard.
KING GEORGE II tasks him to create an oratorio to celebrate the new Irish Viceroy in chaotic Dublin. Yet, when Handel approaches Susannah with the news, he is shocked to learn that not only does she has a fear of singing in public, she’s also on the run from her vengeful husband!
The motley crew travel to Dublin only to realise that London’s gin-soaked alleys are no match for the competing, sectarian politics of Dublin’s choirs, the stupidity of English overlords, and the hypocritical morals of the day. Confronted with these odds, Handel has no choice but to defy his critics and keep going. After all, the show must go on!