Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain this May half term at Hampton Court Palace

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain this May half term at Hampton Court Palace

Experience the most gruesome parts of history as battling Boudicca, horrible Henry and gunpowder Guy take to the stage at Hampton Court Palace.

27 May - 3 June 2017

This May half term, join Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court Palace, as gruesome characters and terrible tales are brought to life in Horrible Histories’ The Best of Barmy Britain. From battling Boudicca to highwayman Dick Turpin and the putrid plague, dive into the most ghastly parts of British history in the palatial gardens of Henry VIII’s former home.

Presented by The Birmingham Stage Company- the producers of Terrible Tudors- The Best of Barmy Britain promises to uncover centuries of bloody history - from horrible Henry and his wives to the ‘quirky Queen Vicky’- perfect for those with a thirst for all things awful and amusing.

Learn how Catherine Parr survived the horrors of Henry VIII’s putrid ulcers, and find out the fate of Henry’s other five wives. From the bodysnatchers Burke and Hare - who dug up graveyards at night - to the plotting of Guy Fawkes, sort out the facts from the fables right where generations of royal drama unfolded. See Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni tribe – also known as the ‘Spartan dressed in Tartan’ - who fought against the Romans when they took what was hers! Learn about what made her a barmy British ruler and kick-started the legend of big, bad Boudicca.

Ever wondered how many heads Henry VIII cut off or how the executioners were paid? Horrible Histories offers the chance to discover all this and more, through live drama, fanfare and song. What punishment will Parliament pick for gunpowder Guy and who else was involved in his foiled plot? What makes the dastardly Dick Turpin so dastardly? With stories as barmy as these, it’s no wonder heads are dropping off!

The show runs for one hour and is an outdoor performance in the palace gardens, with guests encouraged to bring a blanket and food for the ultimate historical picnic in the grounds of Henry VIII’s pleasure palace.

For further information and images, please contact Gina Chahal in the Historic Royal Palaces press office:  020 3166 6166 / gina.chahal@hrp.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Performance times:

May 27, 28, 29, June 1, 2 & 3: 12.00 and 15.00

May 30 & 31: 12.00 and 18.00


Tickets Prices

The Best of Barmy Britain only:

Adult: £12 /Child: £7/ Child under 5: free but require ticket

The Best of Barmy Britain, palace, maze and The Magic Garden:

Adult: £26 /Child: £13/ Child under 5: free but require ticket


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 in Northern Ireland.  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. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, 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.  Registered charity number 1068852.

For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk

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