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Hampton Court Palace in Tudor times was a place for theatre, music, poetry and dance.

Performance was more than simply entertainment; it was a common way to assess royal power, honour and prestige.

Power and Performance at Hampton Court Palace

Join author and historian Lauren Johnson as she hosts an impressive line-up of speakers to explore ideas of power and performance in the lively Tudor court.

*Tickets cost £15/£13 HRP Members or take advantage of our multi-buy offer – 3 events for £36 or 5 for £55  

Sacred music and the Reformation*

Wednesday 10 May
Doors open: 18.30
Event starts: 18.50
Event finish: 20.00

The Reformation set in motion a rebellion against the authority of the Catholic Church. But it also brought about a new and profound impact on religious music at the Tudor court.

Find out how Henry VIII shaped his own image and reinforced his new religion using sacred music by the likes of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, the greatest court composers of his time.

Speaker: Jeremy Summerly is Director of Music at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford, specialising in early Tudor works. He also works as a broadcaster for BBC Radio 3.

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Playing the fool*

Tuesday 23 May
Doors open: 18.30
Event starts: 18.50
Event finish: 20.00

‘Natural fools’ – understood today as people with learning disabilities – were prized entertainers who often held favour and authority with the king. They were described as ‘foolish’ and ‘lacking judgement’, yet their perceived directness and humour were greatly admired.

Henry VIII’s court jester Will Somers had ‘admission to the King [at all times], especially when sick and melancholy’. Discover how the ‘foolish things of the world’ delighted, and uniquely influenced the Tudor elite.

Speaker: Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is an historian, author, broadcaster, and award-winning academic. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and Fellow of the New College of the Humanities.

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Encounters with the Tudors: behind-the-scenes*

Thursday 8 June
Doors open: 18.30
Event starts: 18.50
Event finish: 20.00

Go behind the scenes of Encounters with the Tudors, the daily costumed performances at Hampton Court Palace.

Hear from the creators as they unlock the mysteries of how they transform historical moments into compelling immersive theatre.

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Unless otherwise stated, our events are fully accessible to all. If you have any particular access requirements please notify us in advance on +44 (0)20 3166 6646 or learning.info@hrp.org.uk

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