Christmas musical starring Antonio Banderas to hit UK and Irish cinemas

A young woman carrying an unimaginable responsibility. A young man torn between love and honour. A jealous king who will stop at nothing to keep his crown. 

This live-action Christmas musical adventure for the entire family weaves classic Christmas melodies with humour, faith and new pop songs in a retelling of the greatest story ever told: the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. A unique new entry into the collection of holiday classic movies, this epic Christmas musical is unlike any before it.

Sony Pictures’ label Affirm Films, Monarch Media and KOVA International are delighted to announce the UK and Ireland release of everyone’s new favourite Christmas film! Journey to Bethlehem, an all-singing, all-dancing re-telling of the greatest story ever told, is coming to cinemas Friday 17 November.

Director Adam Anders said: “I have had a dream to create a Christmas musical for years and to see it come to life with a stunning cast has exceeded every expectation.

“We could not be more excited for this film to be a classic for years to come.”

Milo Manheim, who plays Joseph, added: “I hope this music goes down in history because I’m going to be listening to it for a long time. It’s one of the best musicals I’ve ever been a part of.”

Rich Peluso, executive VP and head of Affirm Films, said: “This is Affirm Films’ first musical in 17 years and over 65 films, and the opportunity to work with one of the most successful music producers and songwriters for our first outing has resulted in a film that far exceeds our expectations.

“We’re looking forward to sharing this accessible and amazing musical journey with audiences around the world.”

You can register your interest in this film, find out where it’s showing near you, and find free resources for children and families at

Book with a group to go and see it – your school class, all your friends – it’s the perfect film to get you in the fun and festive spirit!

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