'THE IMITATION GAME: The Exhibition' Now Open!
The new biopic of Bletchley Park Codebreaker, Alan Turing, 'THE IMITATION GAME', opens in UK cinemas on 14 November and stars a host of British acting talent including Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
Opening on Monday 10 November 2014, and available to visitors for one year, is a major new exhibition about the making of the film, some of which was filmed on location at Bletchley Park. 'THE IMITATION GAME: The Exhibition' is staged in the Mansion Ballroom, where the lead actors are seen in the film during important scenes. Visitors will first see costumes worn by the stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in their parts as Alan Turing and Joan Clarke. Also uniforms worn by the boys at Sherborne School, including the young Alan played by Alex Lawther. Once inside the Ballroom itself, fans can pose for a photo in the bar, as seen in the film, and discover more behind-the-scenes gems, including many of the distinctive props used in the film.
'THE IMITATION GAME' is expected to inspire many, many more visitors to Bletchley Park. Bernard Donoghue, Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, was inspired by a preview of the exhibition to say, “Visiting the places where films are actually filmed – the tourism phenomenon is called set-jetting in Hollywood – is big business. For me the stars of ‘THE IMITATION GAME’ are Alan Turing, brilliantly portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Bletchley Park itself. The fact that you can stand on the spot where a community of very special, very brave, very humble heroes worked is incredibly special. You can visit Bletchley Park – and everyone should, at least once – and be immersed in the authentic surroundings of where genius was unleashed, where WW2 was reduced by probably two years and millions of lives were saved, thanks to the intelligence gathered, interpreted and acted upon.
“See the film, be inspired, be moved, visit the set and see where history happened.”