Blenheim Palace in film and media
Blenheim Palace has frequently been the setting for books, TV programs and films and other events presumably enjoyed by the paying public. These include:
The Wakestock 2008 music and wakeboarding festival took place at the front of Blenheim Palace in June 200
Blenheim on film and TV
Film & TV productions that have shot scenes at Blenheim Palace, include the following:
- Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
- Fan (2016)
- Spectre (2015)
- Rogue Nation (2015)
- The Royals (2015)
- Cinderella (2015)
- The Amazing Race 25 (2014)
- A Little Chaos (2013)
- Gulliver's Travels (2010)
- Lewis (2009) - Episode 3.03: The Point of Vanishing
- The Young Victoria (2009)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (Snape's flashback by the Black Lake as a Hogwarts student with The Marauders)
- The Libertine (2005)
- The Lost Prince (2003)
- The Four Feathers (2002)
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
- Entrapment (1999)
- The Avengers (1998)
- Hamlet (1996) - The incumbent Duke has a role as a Norwegian captain. Only the exteriors of the palace were used.
- Inspector Morse: The Way Through the Woods (1995)
- Orlando (1992)
- Tonight Live with Steve Vizard (Australian TV Tonight Show) (1992)
- King Ralph (1991)
- Without a Clue (1988)
- Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
- History of the World, Part I (1981)
- Barry Lyndon (1975)
- The Legend of Hell House (1973)
- Young Winston (1972)
- Half A Sixpence (1967)
A number of sources also credit the Berlin book-burning rally in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as having been filmed at Blenheim Palace. However, these scenes were actually filmed at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.
Other film-based media
The Roman Style Bridge features in synthpop band OMD's music video for their 1981 single, Souvenir. Other parts of the video show band member Andy McCluskey driving his Volkswagen Karmann Ghia through the grounds.
Blenheim in fiction
- The setting for T. H. White's novel Mistress Masham's Repose is a huge, ruined estate called Malplaquet. While this is an obvious parody of Blenheim Palace, it is also related to the landscape, architecture and local geography of Stowe School where T.H. White taught for many years.
- In Neil Simon's play Brighton Beach Memoirs, (and the film adaptation), Eugene mentions "Blenheim Castle" in the dinner scene.
- There is a scene in a partially finished Blenheim Palace in The System of the World, the last volume of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. John Churchill also plays a prominent role in the last book.
- Blenheim Palace, the 9th Duke, Consuelo Vanderbilt and Gladys Deacon feature prominently in Robin Paige's novel Death at Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim in art
American musician Barry Manilow performed a concert for over 40,000 fans on the grounds of the Palace on August 27, 1983. The recorded concert was released on VHS and later on DVD as "Barry Manilow: The Concert at Blenheim Palace."
The British painter John Piper (1903–1992) was commissioned to paint scenes in the grounds of the palace during the 1980s. In 2012, an exhibition of the artist's work entitled John Piper at Blenheim Palace was held in a room at the palace to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Piper's death.
In October 2004, British jazz-pop pianist Jamie Cullum released "Live at Blenheim Palace," a 145-minute live concert DVD of his performance at the Blenheim Palace Music Festival on 1 July 2004.
- Cruickshank, Dan. "Choosing Britain's Best Buildings". BBC History. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- Bapasola, Jeri (2012). John Piper: Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace. ISBN 978-0-9502344-7-2.
- Amazon.com listing, "Jamie Cullum - Live at Blenheim Palace [DVD] (2004)", retrieved 25 July 2012.
- Verve Music Group artist/item page, "Jamie Cullum - Live At Blenheim Palace [DVD]", retrieved 25 July 2012
- BBC page for 2004 Blenheim Palace Music Festival, retrieved 25 July 2012.