Ghost hunting at Lyme Park in The Awakening

View across the lake to Lyme Park

Lyme Park plays a starring role in the chilling supernatural thriller The Awakening

Setting the scene

In post-World War One England of 1921, a paranormal sceptic (Rebecca Hall, The Town) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (Dominic West, The Wire) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting.

Located in the wild remoteness of the Peak District, Lyme’s exterior was used to represent Rookwood, the secluded boys’ boarding school in the film.

Lyme takes on a distinctly eerie presence in The Awakening. Against the film’s atmospheric grey skies and impenetrable fog, the imposing Italianate Palace is transformed into the classic haunted house.

The Cage

The Cage was a key location in the film; a tower that once served as a banquet hall, it’s situated high on a hill in Lyme’s medieval parkland. In the film, The Cage stands in as a church and it was used regularly for scenes featuring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West.

Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton headline the impressive cast of Nick Murphy's debut feature The Awakening. The producer was David Thompson,  STUDIOCANAL were the lead financier, alongside BBC Films and Scottish Screen.