Brian Cox, Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor and newcomer Coco König star in a new feature film The Carer, part of which will be shot at the Theatre Royal Margate on Sunday 15th and Monday 16th March.
From early on Sunday morning, the Theatre will be transformed by the film’s Art Department into a venue befitting a BAFTA Awards style ceremony, featuring the stars of the movie and attended by over 100 local extras as the glamorous audience. The extras have been asked to attend in their finest evening wear and in-between shoots will be hosted by the nearby Salvation Army Hall.
Over 30 crew will be working on the shoot and Hollywood style catering trucks will be parked close by to feed and water the company.
Brian Cox will play an ageing star of stage and screen who forms an unlikely relationship with his immigrant carer.
Cox said of the film: “One of the central strengths of the movie is the comic creation of character Sir Michael Gifford – his persona is so bombastic and so full of himself while at the same time revealing deep and tragic elements of his character. There’s a very strong feel-good element to the movie and ultimately it’s about redemption and about being who you are”.
This isn’t the first time the Theatre Royal has been used as a film location, but with its diverse and exciting programme and more and more people visiting the venue, it’s likely that this will not be the last.
Pam Hardiman, Programme Manager of the Theatre said “I’m delighted to be welcoming such a prestigious company of actors to this lovely venue and look forward to seeing it transformed for the big screen. This will be a very exciting couple of days for us all. I’m personally hoping we get to keep the red carpet!