From Netflix’s The Crown to Hollywood blockbusters like The King’s Speech, Ely Cathedral has taken a starring role on screen many times. But why does it hold such allure for directors and what makes it such a perfect setting for a grand royal drama? Find out at Crowns & Gowns, an exhibition that runs from 1 February until 15 March.
It celebrates the cathedral’s cinematic heritage by showcasing costumes, jewels, props and memorabilia from some of the Hollywood movies filmed in the building. Taking place in the Lady Chapel, it’s a chance to ogle intricate gowns from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl and Macbeth, which have brought stars including Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett to our neighbouring city.
Don’t miss the chance to see mementos from current favourite The Crown, in which Ely Cathedral stood in as Westminster Abbey as the setting for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s wedding. Standard cathedral admission fee including entrance to the exhibition is £8.