One of North East England’s most iconic landmarks has been given a starring role in Sir Trevor Nunn’s latest production.
Bamburgh Castle on the north Northumberland coast is appearing alongside actors Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley in the stage play The Lion in Winter.
But not all is as it seems. For the castle which towers over Bamburgh’s equally famous and extensive sandy beach with its rolling dunes, has been chosen as the backdrop to the theatre production’s poster campaign currently being rolled out in the national press and at sites across London.
The dramatic shot of Bamburgh Castle can be seen in one advertisement nestling under the curve of Lindsay’s bearded chin and in another hugging Lumley’s left cheek. But take another look and you will see something unusual about the sepia image.
It’s definitely the castle standing proud atop its basalt outcrop – yet there is something different about it. Look closer and you will see the fortress as you have never seen it before with left and right flipped. The foreground has also been changed.
Bamburgh Castle’s director Chris Calvert first saw the advert in The Times newspaper. He said:”We all looked at the castle and said that’s Bamburgh, but they have Photoshopped it so what’s on the left is on the right and what’s on the right is on the left.
“It had a lot of people confused because they could see it was here but then it wasn’t quite right. A lot of people in the village have phoned up about it.”
But far from being angry Chris is trying to track down a poster of the play, which is part of Nunn’s season at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.
“To have an association with Robert Lindsay, Joanna Lumley and Trevor Nunn, as he’s directing, is great,” he added.
Lindsay plays an ageing Henry II in The Lion in Winter, which runs from November 4 to January 28, 2012.
Written by James Goldman, it portrays a family at war over the festive season. Henry invites his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitane and his three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend Christmas with him, his mistress Princess Alais and her brother, the young King Philip of France.
As everyone waits to see who Henry will name as his successor to the crown of England, the yuletide celebrations instead turn into a combat zone of deceit, betrayal, bitter power games and scabrous wit.
Trevor Nunn said: “”I am excited to be directing the London premiere of a famous play about a power struggle full of sexual politics and political sex, with two such brilliant actors as Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley.”