the wolfman, 2010

Director

Joe Johnston

Cast

visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Derbyshire:

Visit: Derbyshire

Visit: Chatsworth House, Bakewell (tel: 01246.565300)

Surrey:

Visit: the Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1QJ (Box office: 0870.060.6651) (tube: Richmond; District Line)

Trivia

Richmond Theatre is a popular filming venue, since the 1957 Peter Sellers comedy The Naked Truth. Since then it's been seen in bittersweet romcom Jack and Sarah, with Richard E Grant, Crimetime, Bugsy Malone, Wilde, Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (as the ‘Savoy Theatre’) and as a nightclub in The Krays. More surprisingly, it became a ‘Buenos Aires’ theatre in Alan Parker's Evita, and even ‘Washington DC's Ford Theatre’ in both the US remake of Bedazzled, with Brendan Fraser, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets

The Wolfman location: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The Wolfman location: the village of ‘Blackmoor’: Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Joe Johnston’s revisiting of the classic Universal monster looked so promising, but despite looking and sounding gorgeous, gets so bogged down with portentous gloom and a heavyweight cast, it’s hard not to long for the 1941 70-minute original.

The Wolfman location: Richmond Theatre, Surrey

The Wolfman location: Lawrence Talbot performs Hamlet: Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, Surrey

The undeniably handsome production revisits some familiar locations, kicking off with the Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond in Surrey, southwest of London, where Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) is playing Hamlet when he receives news of his brother’s disappearance. Among the theatre’s recent screen appearances, the Richmond became the ‘Duke of York’s’ where the play of Peter Pan premieres in Finding Neverland, with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.

The Wolfman location: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The Wolfman location: ‘Talbot Hall’: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Photograph: iStockphoto © Alistair Forrester Shankie

‘Talbot Hall’, the crumbling estate of Talbot’s father, (Anthony Hopkins) is Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, in the Midlands. Beneath the CGI weeds and decay is the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and, far from being deserted, it’s usually overrun with coachloads of tourists eager to explore the lavish rooms and extensive gardens. You can see Chatsworth’s pristine interior in Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and as itself in The Duchess, with Keira Knightley.

The Wolfman location: Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey

The Wolfman location: the werewolf wreaks carnage at the gypsy encampment: Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey

The spooky woods are a mixture of Black Park in Buckinghamshire, and Bourne Woods, near Farnham in Surrey – where the werewolf wreaks carnage at the gypsy encampment. Bourne Woods is where Russell Crowe famously ordered his troops to “unleash hell” at the beginning of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.

The village of ‘Blackmoor’, where superstitious locals mutter darkly in the local tavern is another screen veteran, Castle Combe in Wiltshire. Once dubbed the ‘prettiest village in England’, Castle Combe had a bad experience with Hollywood in the 1960s when the original (musical) Doctor Dolittle was filmed on its cobbled streets, but time seems finally to have healed the wounds and cameras returned to the village not just for The Wolfman, but for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Matthew Vaughn’s fantasy Stardust.

The gloomy building in which Talbot views the mutilated body of his brother among the animal carcasses, though, is the Tithe Barn at Lacock, also in Wiltshire.

The funeral of Talbot’s brother is held in the grounds of Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, four miles north of Buckingham town itself. Stowe is another location seen in Stardust but perhaps, more famously, as ‘Berlin’ in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.

The Wolfman location: Royal Naval College, Greenwich

The Wolfman location: the streets of London: Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10

Taken to London, and unwisely displayed in an insane asylum to prove his professed lycanthropy is a delusion (bad move) Talbot escapes, to be chased through the streets, which are actually the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10.

The Wolfman location: Middle Temple Lane, London

The Wolfman location: the streets of London: the wolfman is shot at: Middle Temple Lane, London EC4

The street in which Talbot is shot at, and where in human form he later buys a newspaper, is Middle Temple Lane, London EC4, running between Fleet Street and Victoria Embankment. This is the spot where Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) witnesses the abduction of Dr Fredericks (Michael Gambon) in Robert De Niro’s 2006 CIA drama The Good Shepherd. And, of course, it’s part of the Inns of Temple complex where you’ll find the Temple Church from The Da Vinci Code.




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