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The Freemasons Hall in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Date posted: 01.05.2005

Don't Panic - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is now available at a multiplex near you!

This science fiction adaptation (originally written as a radio play by Douglas Adams in 1979) was released nationwide on 28 April by Buena Vista and features the Freemasons Hall as one of its key London locations.

The story follows the life of an ordinary man, Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), who finds himself thrown into a situation beyond his control. His day starts badly and gets worse as his home planet is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. His only chance of survival is to hitch a ride around the galaxy on passing spacecraft.

This far out comedy features a host of stars - Mos Def as Ford Prefect, Arthur's best friend; Zooey Deschanel as Trisha McMillan, Arthur's love interest; Sam Rockwell as Zephod Beebelbrox, the President of the Universe; Bill Nighy as Slartibartfast, a planetary construction engineer; Stephen Fry as The Book, the narrator of the story; Alan Rickman as the voice of Marvin, a depressed robot; and John Malkovich as Humma Kuvala, a new character created especially for the Hitchhiker feature film.

The Freemasons was dressed as Humma Kuvala's office and the temple in which they pray for the coming of the Great White Handkerchief. It is an impressive backdrop for the weird and wonderful planet Viltvodle. The Grand Temple had never been used for such a large sequence before, but proved to be the perfect setting.

The Masonic Hall was built between 1927-1933 by Ashley and Newman as the ceremonial and administrative headquarters for the United Grand Lodge. The building covers two acres and is constructed on a steel frame and faced with Portland Stone.

The design of this location is an irregular hollow pentagram with the Grand Temple in the centre, adopting a diagonal axis. This historic location also boasts a library, a museum, various halls and function rooms, ceremonial cloakrooms, period gentlemen's toilets, entrance hall and stairways, long arched and square-shaped corridors and rooftop views across London.

For all filming enquiries please contact Karen Haigh on 020 7395 9350 or email khaigh@ugle.org.uk. The Freemasons is a film friendly location and offers an excellent geographical position in the London Borough of Camden.

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