Waddesdon's star role

The release of a new trailer this month reveals Waddesdon Manor will play a starring role in the forthcoming Amazon Prime Video adaptation of Cinderella, streaming on 3 September.

Inspired by the châteaux of the Loire Valley, Waddesdon was built in a French-renaissance style by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 1800s.

The twisted turrets, golden brickwork and countryside setting meant no Fairy Godmother transformation was needed to turn the National Trust property into the famous palace.

The manor’s exteriors, interiors and wider grounds were all used in the production, and visitors will immediately recognise distinctive features such as the portico balcony (see picture with Pierce Brosnan as King Rowan).

This is not the first time Waddesdon has appeared as a royal residence on the silver screen, having doubled as Buckingham Palace in both The Queen (starring Helen Mirren) and The Crown, as Château de Fontainebleau in A Little Chaos (starring Kate Winslet), and even Versailles in BBC’s McMafia.

Kim Hallett, filming consultant for Waddesdon, said: ‘Never before has Waddesdon played such a central role in a production of this scale, nor had the chance to shine as an instantly recognisable building in its own right.

‘It’s been wonderful to see such a unique place bring its own magic and charm to this classic tale, and as Waddesdon is open to the public we look forward to welcoming visitors to come and see ‘Cinderella’s palace’ for themselves.’

Cinderella will be available on Amazon Prime Video on 3 September. Waddesdon Manor is open to the public weekly, Wednesdays-Sundays. Book tickets at www.waddesdon.org.uk

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