Hampton Court Palace seeks budding young actors for historic performance!

Hampton Court Palace seeks budding young actors for historic performance!

A character actor playing Henry VIII and Historic Royal Palace staff celebrate the 500 anniversary of Hampton Court Palace

26 January 2015

Casting call for young talent to help visitors travel in time through 500 years of history

One of Britain’s most iconic buildings, Hampton Court Palace, celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. To celebrate this momentous date, the palace has a host of events and displays planned to help visitors experience 500 years of royal history, from the reign of its most famous resident King Henry VIII to the present day. 

Today, the palace has announced that it will be looking for 70 young stars in the making to help bring to life this incredible story for a unique event in May: a ‘TimeQuake’ which will see visitors experiencing 500 years of history in one visit, to meet a host of historical figures from the palace’s past.

Historic Royal Palaces – the charity that runs Hampton Court – and the Rose Theatre Kingston, have teamed up to recruit budding young actors aged 16 – 20 years old to take on the role of ‘Time Explorer’ and take part in this exciting live event for families. A love of adventure, story and performance is a must!

The ‘TimeQuake’, taking place from the 23rd – 31st May, will send visitors on a journey through different eras of Hampton Court’s royal history - from the Tudor, to the Stuart, to the Georgian – taking in some hidden spots of the palace that are usually out of bounds. Their guides for the day will be ‘Time Explorers’ played by the young actors, kitted out with a pocket watch and with the palace’s history at their fingertips.

Auditions will take place in February, and each selected performer will receive specialist training from the Rose Theatre and professional performers in a series of workshops in the run up to the main event.  The lucky 70 participants will work in teams, with each performing for three days of the run.

Amy Nagle, events and partnerships manager, Historic Royal Palaces, said, ‘We’ve got big plans for our family visitors throughout our anniversary year, but this is a really unique opportunity for young people - to play an active role in bringing to life 500 years of history. We are encouraging as many applicants as possible to put themselves forward and help us show our visitors the palace in a whole new light!’

Ciaran McConville, Director of Learning and Participation at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, said,“This is an extraordinary opportunity for charismatic young people, with or without experience as actors, to develop great skills and be a part of a fantastical world of time travel at Hampton Court Palace. They will entertain thousands of children and get a unique perspective of this wonderful piece of our heritage. The Rose is proud to be involved in this project and encourages all young people with a love of adventure stories to apply for an enjoyable workshop audition.”

A Q & A session for those interested in participating will be held at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, on 27th January, from 18.00 – 18.30.

Notes for Editors

For more information and images, please contact Laura Hutchinson in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: laura.hutchinson@hrp.org.uk / 0203 166 6338.

For more information on requirements for participants, or the Q and A session at the Rose Theatre, please email: CiaranM@rosetheatrekingston.org

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (with the exception of Hillsborough Castle). Registered charity number 1068852.  For more information, visit hrp.org.uk

Learning and Engagement at Historic Royal Palaces is expanding with a new programme that aims to enable the widest possible audience to discover, explore and enjoy the stories of the palaces. The new approach is making learning even more central to how all audiences experience the royal palaces - onsite, offsite and online. (www.hrp.org.uk/learning)

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