Wells Cathedral and the surrounding area has been taken back in time with the arrival of The Hollow Crown - the sets look fantastic from just this brief glimpse. It seems Richard III scenes took place today but we do know that cast from Henry VI episodes are also due to arrive for filming at this location.
First photos of Hollow Crown filming in Wells
THE GREEN in front of Wells Cathedral and Vicar’s Close has been dressed ready for filming of The Hollow Crown to start today.
Tourists and residents of the city could get used to the sight of the area being regressed through the centuries and the occasional car ban. The two filming locations look similar to the set design used for filming of Brave New World filmed in August last year.
The Hollow Crown is a plush production of William Shakespeare’s historical plays and producer Sam Mendes of American Beauty and Skyfall fame said principal photography has finished for the second series.
We had some fun on @HollowCrownFans with @WellsJournal earlier:
A slew of tweets over recent days shows Wales has been key to The Hollow Crown location filming recently:
St Donats Castle
This castle has been cited as one of the locations with Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in. For more info on the castle check out this page: http://www.castlewales.com/donats.html
No doubt some will recognise this beach from other BBC programmes!
Judi Dench is a busy lady, appearing at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday before being whisked off to Cardiff to continue filming on Richard III, one of three new Hollow Crown films being made by BBC2.
But the actress’s role in the Shakespeare adaptation is all thanks to her appearance at another festival earlier this year. Dench, 79, was in conversation with Richard Eyre at Hay Festival last June when Benedict Cumberbatch put her on the spot.
“It’s a shocking story,” recalls Dench. “We were doing Hay and I was instructing – I had to do the bits of Shakespeare that I remembered – and so I said to [Richard], ‘You have to say three lines of this.’ I was rehearsing and then Cumberbatch said ‘I’ll do that for you’.
“So he leapt up on stage to enormous applause and did these three lines and then went and sat down again and Richard said, ‘Any questions?’ and there was one question and Ben Cumberbatch turned to my friend David next door to him and said, ‘Shall I ask her?’ David said ‘Yes’ and [Cumberbatch] said, ‘Are you going to play my mother in Richard III?’
“It’s a very good way of being asked to do a part. You don’t mess about, you don’t spend ages dithering about it. When somebody asks you, say yes or no and I said yes.”
To read the full proposal ‘scene’ at Hay click HERE!
Wells Journal reports on the next location of filming:
Cast and crew will be in Wells from October 19 until October 24, filming at Cathedral Green and Vicars’ Close – although the BBC press office has been tight-lipped about which of the cast will be headed to Wells.
Motor vehicles will be excluded from the area between 8am and 7pm on 19 – 21 October, between 10am and 11pm on October 22, 9am and 9pm on October 23 and 8am and 5pm on October 24.
In January 2014 during his run at Donmar’s Coriolanus we had the chance to ask Tom Hiddleston (The Hollow Crown’s Prince Hal/ Henry V) to pick a theme for our #ShakespeareSunday! He gave an inspired pick: TIME
#ShakespeareSunday was founded in October 2012 and you can discover more about our weekly Twitter fun HERE.
Ellen Crawshaw, a costume designer for The Hollow Crown, posted a close up of armour detail today on Twitter. Click on the image for full resolution and to see the lovely details.
We’re not sure when these photos were taken but they show a majestic view of a cavalry of The Hollow Crown’s horses and soldiers on foot on the Ashridge estate. These photos are owned by Momo (@KmoonlightS on Twitter).
The first official photo from The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses was released today! (click on image for full resolution)
Judi Dench (Cecily, Duchess of York), Benedict Cumberbatch (Richard III), Sophie Okonedo (Queen Margaret),
Keeley Hawes (Queen Elizabeth), Geoffrey Streatfeild (Edward IV), Sam Troughton (George),
Ben Daniels (Buckingham), James Fleet (Hastings) and Phoebe Fox (Anne).