A COUNTY attraction’s exhibition featuring famous Regency outfits from television and film productions got off to an excellent start.
Thousands of people have gone along to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens to see Costumes from Austen – a new display of film and TV costumes all from Jane Austen novels.
Several of the ground floor rooms now play host to a fabulous collection of outfits worn by A-list stars including Dame Judy Dench, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman.
To promote the exhibition, Belsay’s very own Mr Darcy – aka Matt Dimbleby – recreated that famous scene from Pride and Prejudice, when Pemberley’s 28-year-old brooding Fitzwilliam Darcy (played by Colin Firth) steps out of the lake in a transparent white shirt and trousers.
This was the moment when thousands of women worldwide swooned from their sofas and it seems that it’s ‘that shirt’ which is playing a big part in drawing in the crowds.
Kate Anceau, property manager for English Heritage at Belsay, said: “Visitors have flocked in their droves and it is great to see so many people enjoying the displays inside, whilst the good weather is certainly helping to bring people into the gardens.
“Many people were asking where our Mr Darcy was. Sadly he’s had to return to his day job, but we still have the shirt.
“We have a whole host of events throughout the summer to mark the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice, including fabulous outdoor theatre productions of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
“There really is something for everyone this summer at Belsay and what a beautiful setting it makes to celebrate the Regency era.”