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IT was a case of 'once more into the breach' for Gloucester Cathedral which has provided the backdrop for another star studded drama.

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 20, 2012

perfect backdrop: From left; executive producer Pippa Harris, Dean Stephen Lake anproducer Rupert Ryle-Hodges; left inset; external lights are being put out outside the windows.

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IT was a case of 'once more into the breach' for Gloucester Cathedral which has provided the backdrop for another star-studded drama.

A BBC production of Shakespeare's Henry V has started filming there.

The cream of English acting including Jeremy Irons, who was on set yesterday, and War Horse's Tom Hiddleston will be delicately treading the ancient floors of the Whispering Gallery in coming weeks for the filming of not just Henry V but Henry IV Part I and II, and Richard II.

They will be joined by 40 cast members and hundreds of extras over the next three weeks. Producer Rupert Ryle-Hoddages said: "For our purposes, we have to reproduce a believable palace of Westminster in London. We have to find a building that works for us and in this case, the Dean was happy to have us."

Filming will take place in the cloisters, Whispering Gallery, the nave and crypt. Open castings were held ]to recruit the extras. One, Ryan Taylor, 22, from Gloucester, said he was excited at the prospect of acting along Mr Irons.

Ahead of his on-screen debut, he said: "It is something I have always been interested in but never tried, so when I saw the advertisement I went along."

The Cathedral is no stranger to the cameras after Harry Potter and Doctor Who were filmed there.

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  January 20 2012, 1:06PM

    I just hope that the producers of these dramas have a bit of an easier time of it than the Doctor Who crew did!! That said, I somehow think Shakespeare won't create quite so much of a buzz....ufortunately....! Alchemies - the Cathedral was used for some of the Hogwarts scenes from the first couple of movies, and a digital "backdrop" also used for some scenes in the later films.

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  • Alchemies  |  January 20 2012, 12:27PM

    So Harry Potter was filmed locally then; thought so. At least Gloucester is on the radar of production designers.

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