Boughton House set for big-screen debut

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway on set for Les Miserables at Boughton House. The picture is shot at the colonnade on the North Front of the house.
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway on set for Les Miserables at Boughton House. The picture is shot at the colonnade on the North Front of the house.
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A stately home in the county is set to hit the big screens in the new year after several key scenes from the new Les Miserables film were shot at the house.

Boughton House, near Kettering, appears in a number of scenes in the new Hollywood film and the home’s property manager said he was delighted that filming took place at the Grade II listed property.

Boughton House

Boughton House

Charles Lister said: “Boughton House has a long history of supporting the arts and we were delighted to have played a small role in the making of Les Miserables.

“It was a first for us as we’d never been involved in a motion picture film before, but the experience was a great one and the team at Universal were wonderful to work with.”

The movie, which is a big screen adaptation of the famous musical, stars Hollywood heavyweights Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman and will be released on January 11.

Earlier in the year hundreds of people queued outside the Deco Theatre in Northamptonto get the chance to become an extra in the film.

The marketing manager of Kettering Odeon Cinema believes that the film’s local connections could see it become a big success in the area.

Simon Hopkins said: “As a big fan of this musical myself, I’m certainly looking forward to this version as are many others.

“Odeon is expecting Les Miserables to be one of the big film hits of 2013, and it’s indeed a special bonus that local people who performed in it may spot themselves on the big screen.

“I think it would be wise to book early and advance booking is available now for January 11 to 17 through our box office and on line at odeon.co.uk.”

Mr Lister added that it has been a big year for Boughton House with the grounds also used to film the judges’ “homes” round of the X Factor.

Gary Barlow was joined at the stately home in early September by pop superstar Cheryl Cole to judge the hopeful singers. Mr Lister said: “Everyone here is looking forward to seeing Boughton on the big screen- it’s been an exciting year, with Les Mis and X Factor both shot here, and we hope to welcome further filming opportunities in the future.”

Based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables unfolds against the backdrop of 19th Century France.

It follows ex-prisoner Jean Valijean (Hugh Jackman), who is hunted by a policeman after breaking his parole.

The musical version of Les Miserables has run for 27 years and has been a huge success.