Outdoor cinema comes to Derbyshire with Summer Nights

Derby QUAD is bringing outdoor cinema back to Derbyshire with a season of films to be shown in stunning settings as part of Summer Nights.

Starting last night with a sold out screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby the season continues with The Legend Of Tarzan at Kedleston Hall. Derbyshire will be doubling for Greystoke (aka Tarzan’s non-jungle home) in the blockbuster starring Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie and Jim Broadbent.

The season continues in August at Calke Abbey in Ticknall, South Derbyshire with showings of musical Mamma Mia (3 August), the brilliant new entry to the much-loved Star Wars universe Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (4 August), and Footloose (5 August) starring Kevin Bacon. And later in the month Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield will be the setting for showings of the award-winning La La Land (18 August) the classic Top Gun (19 August).

The stately homes hosting the films are no strangers from starring on the big screen themselves. Kedleston Hall was used as a key location The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes as well as When Did You Last See Your Father?, starring that other Mr Darcy Colin Firth. The 18th century home was also the location for Ken Russell’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Women in Love, which also famously used Elvaston Castle for some now iconic scenes.

Hardwick Hall, built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, will be familiar to Harry Potter fans where it was used as Malfoy Manor, home of deatheaters Lucius, Narcissa and Draco Malfoy, in final instalment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Standard Summer Nights tickets cost £13 for adults or £9 for under 12s, tickets for children aged under five years are free. The price of £11 for adults and £7 for under 12s is available for group bookings of eight or more people (up to the Thursday of each weekends’ screenings). More information from the Summer Nights website.

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