The Hollow Crown costumes on display at Lacock Abbey

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses

An exhibition of costumes from the hit BBC Two series, ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’, including those worn by stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keeley Hawes and Sophie Okonedo, is on display at Lacock Abbey, where many scenes from the show were filmed.

The costumes are on display in the Great Hall of the abbey until 4 September 2016, giving visitors the chance to view their intricate detail first hand, and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’.

Lacock Hollow Crown costumes - Lady Bona 3 (c) National Trust - Alana Wright

Lacock Hollow Crown costumes – Lady Bona 3 (c) National Trust – Alana Wright

‘The Hollow Crown’ is BBC Two’s award-winning series based on Shakespeare’s history plays. Scenes from the first series (which told the stories of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V) were filmed at Lacock in 2012. Then, in November 2014, the production team returned for the filming of this, the concluding series, comprising Henry IV Part I and II and Richard III. Many of the scenes were filmed in the abbey’s iconic medieval cloister, part of which dates back to 1450, including a tennis match scene shot in the cloister garth.

In this scene appeared the characters of Elizabeth Grey (later Queen Elizabeth) and Richard III, played by Keeley Hawes and Benedict Cumberbatch, whose fur trimmed costumes now appear in the exhibition at the abbey.

Amy Bellinger, Visitor Experience Assistant at Lacock, said, ‘It’s really amazing to see the costumes up close, they’re so beautifully created and so much of the detail is missed in the action when you see them onscreen.’ The costumes were created by Sands Films, based in London, whose many credits include ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Poldark’, ‘Marie Antoinette’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Anna Karenina’. 

Another of the costumes on display in the abbey was worn by Samuel West, who played the Bishop of Winchester, during scenes filmed in the abbey cloister in 2014. Sonia Jones, House and Collections Manager at Lacock, said, ‘It was really interesting to see a ‘bishop’ walking the abbey cloister, quite possibly for the first time since the dissolution of the monasteries 500 years ago.’

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses

 The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses

2014 was a busy year for Lacock, with a variety of productions being brought to life in the abbey, grounds and village. In July, the cast and crew of ‘Wolf Hall’, BBC Two’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker prize winning novel starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, shot several scenes in the abbey and cloister. Then, in September, the singing monks of American TV series, ‘Galavant’, starring Weird Al Yancovic and Joshua Sasse, filmed in the abbey’s Great Hall.

No stranger to the screen, Lacock has previously appeared in a variety of film and television productions, including ‘Cranford’, ‘Harry Potter’, BBC’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and ‘Downton Abbey’.

The exhibition of costumes from ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’ takes place in the Great Hall of Lacock Abbey until 4 September 2016.

Lacock Abbey is open to visitors throughout the year, National Trust members and under 5s go free. Lacock is near Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2LG. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum-and-village 

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