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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 4th February 2019

Starring Role In Blockbuster Film For Penshurst Place

Cinema-goers across the county can see Penshurst Place as never before as the Baron’s Hall and Inner Courtyard have a starring role in the new Mary Queen of Scots blockbuster, which was released in UK cinemas on 18th January.

The film is based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by Dr John Guy and explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart, played by Saoirse Ronan.

The film tells the story of Mary, Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, who defies pressure to remarry, instead returning to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie, and before long Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty.

Filming at Penshurst Place took place in October 2017, with lead actress Saoirse Ronan featuring in scenes set in the Baron’s Hall and the Inner Courtyard.

The medieval Baron’s Hall is shown at the start of the official trailer for Mary Queen of Scots, providing an atmospheric backdrop for Mary’s execution, one of the pivotal scenes in the film. Meanwhile the Inner Courtyard was used to showcase the solemn procession of spectators waiting to witness Queen Mary’s execution.

This is the latest in an impressive list of film and television credits for Penshurst Place that includes Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Hollow Crown.

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