Benedict Cumberbatch is all set to star as King Richard III in the second series of The Hollow Crown.
The first collection of BBC2’s Shakespeare History plays aired in the UK in 2012, with Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal and Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV.
Scenes for the second production are rumoured to be taking place at the striking grassy spot Prince’s Riding, between Ashridge Estate and the Bridgewater Monument on Wednesday and Thursday.
Hemel Today reported that grand National Trust property Ashridge Estate will be open to visitors as usual but could guests also get a rare peek of Cumberbatch in tights? This very same spot recently starred in Disney’s Maleficent, doubling as the Enchanted Forest in the movie. The 5,000 acres of beech and oak woodland, downland and commons is where we saw magical pixies and faeries in the film. The area is home to ancient trees, rare plants, butterflies, birds, insects and mammals including fallow and muntjac deer, all of which can be spotted on a visit.
National treasure Judi Dench will also star in Richard III, she will play Queen Margaret in the production this autumn.
Lead ranger for the Ashridge Estate, Lawrence Trowbridge, explained to Hemel Today that productions such as the BBC’s Richard III help maintain this beautiful heritage spot.
“Filming generates valuable income and these funds are directly used to fund our conservation work at Ashridge.”