Spectacular light show set to debut at Hampton Court’s 500th anniversary party

Spectacular light show set to debut at Hampton Court’s 500th anniversary party

Fireworks over Privy Garden

11 March 2015

This Easter weekend, Hampton Court Palace will celebrate its 500th anniversary with a spectacular, unmissable party – and everyone’s invited!  

3 - 5 April 2015

Rivalling the royal entertainments thrown by countless monarchs throughout the palace’s history, for three nights only, the palace will throw open its doors after hours for an evening of festivities.  Featuring pop up bars and live performances of period music, the evening will culminate in a dazzling projection onto the palace, with a very special fireworks finale!

Hampton Court Palace sat at the centre of royal life for hundreds of years, the setting for lavish spectacle, ceremony and intrigue.  Since then, it has become one of Britain’s best-loved historic buildings, with a dramatic and rich history which attracts over half a million visitors every year. 

 Specially commissioned by charity Historic Royal Palaces, and designed by 59 Productions, to celebrate the palace’s 500th anniversary, the 25 minute projection will take visitors on a kaleidoscopic journey through Hampton Court’s past: from the laying of the foundations in 1515, through to the present day.  From the glorious Baroque Privy Garden, guests at the party will see five centuries of history unfold before their eyes – from the construction of the Tudor and Baroque Palaces to the splendour of the world-famous gardens. 

The palace will be opened from 6.30 – 9pm, for an evening of anniversary festivities, with live period music filling the atmospheric state apartments, reflecting the palace’s 500 year history as a venue for concerts and court entertainments.  From Tudor and Stuart music played on period instruments in the Tudor state apartments, to Georgian Chamber music in Queen Caroline’s stunning drawing room, the palace will come to life to the sound of music played for the royal courts through the centuries.

Famous for its sprawling Tudor Kitchens, built by King Henry VIII and extended by his daughter Elizabeth, Hampton Court has always had a reputation for feasting.  Throughout the evening, pop up bars will be serving up dishes from the palace’s past: visit the Tudor Kitchens to see meat being roasted on the fire then head to the Undercroft for a taste of Tudor pork. Upstairs in the Cartoon Gallery (over 12s only), a champagne and cocktail bar will be serving canapes that celebrate 500 years of feasting at Hampton Court and downstairs in the Chocolate Kitchen, Mr Tosier will be making the King’s favourite drink..

It promises to be a celebration to remember – fitting for a momentous five-hundredth anniversary!

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 / 07990 726 229

Ticket Prices

The Party: 500 years of Hampton Court Palace, is a separate ticketed evening event.  Adult: £22 / Concessions: £20 / Members: £20 / Child: £10 / Family ticket: £50.  To book, call 0844 482 7777, or visit: www.hrp.org.uk/hcp500


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 hrp.org.uk


59 Productions is an award winning creative production company. Our approach to the broad range of projects we work on is simple: we combine technology and art to tell amazing stories.

Whether creating stage productions, museum installations, live music performances, large scale events or films, 59’s team generates creative and technical ideas to help realise ambitious artistic projects. 

Under 59’s creative direction, artists from a range of disciplines - animators, filmmakers, writers, musicians, set, sound, video and lighting designers - come together with technical specialists, to expand their practice and create exciting and innovative work for audiences of all kinds. 

Recent notable projects include the video design for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the design of the Metropolitan Opera’s 125th Anniversary Gala, the animation and projection design for international theatrical smash-hit War Horse, media and audiovisual design for Digital Revolution at the Barbican, and the ‘Lighting of the Sails’ for the Vivid Live Festival - a projection mapping commission for Sydney Opera House.

59’s team was also responsible for the creative direction and design of David Bowie Is, the best-selling exhibition ever produced in the V&A’s history, which is now breaking attendance records at museum and gallery venues across the globe.

Current projects include the animation and projection design for Hedwig and The Angry Inch and An American In Paris (Broadway). The company is based in London, with offices in New York.

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