Boughton House to stage outdoor screenings of Les Miserables

Les Miserables filming at Boughton House
Les Miserables filming at Boughton House
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The location for much of the filming of Les Miserables is to host two special screenings of the spectacular blockbuster musical.

Boughton House starred as the home of Marius, one of the central characters in the French Revolutionary drama starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Russell Crowe.

The film, an adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel directed by Tom Hooper, took cinemas by storm following its release in January.

On August 17 and 18, an outdoor screening of the triple-Oscar winning film will be put on in the grounds of the home, which belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch and which is known as the English Versailles because of its French architectural style.

The film’s DVD bonus extras include behind-the-scenes footage from the filming at Boughton House last year.

And Jackman, who plays the film’s main protagonist Jean Valjean, was spotted using a gym in Kettering while he was in the area filming.

Tickets to the screening on Sunday, August 18, have already sold out, but there are still a few hundred left for the screening on Saturday, August 17, said Charles Lister, Boughton House’s property manager.

Mr Lister, who added being on location would help viewers imagine themselves in the film, said: “As we had a good proportion of the filming done here we thought it would be a good idea to have an open-air screening at the house itself.

“We originally booked it just for the Sunday, but that sold out – we sold 100 tickets in a matter of minutes.”

Mr Lister revealed plans to show the film on the big screen in the house’s gardens had been in the pipeline since December, before the film was released.

He added that 500 spaces had been made available for each screening, with about 300 tickets remaining for the Saturday edition.

Boughton House had experienced a surge in Les Miserables-related interest since the film was released, Mr Lister said.

He added: “It is an interesting thing to join up with when we are open for general visitors in August.”

And organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather, with Mr Lister adding: “Hopefully it will continue as it is.”

Doors open at 6.30pm for picnics, with the film being shown at 8.45pm.

Tickets cost £12.50 or £8.50 in advance and are available online at www.summerscreens.co.uk/2013/08/les-miserables.

You can also call organisers Summer Screens on 01491 877098.