On 27 June the Magic Garden will close at 17.00. Last entry will be at 16.00.
Tickets cost £15/£13. HRP Members or take advantage of our multi-buy offer buy 3 events for £36 or 5 for £55.Separate fee (advanced booking required)
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.
Tuesday 28 March
The Frenchman Viscount Chateaubriant writes in his 1522 memoirs that “Anne Boleyn, singing like a syren [and] accompanying herself on the lute ...harped better than King David and handled cleverly both flute and rebec [fiddle]”.
Explore how Anne’s keen ability as a musician and composer influenced her role at court. Did it help her to silence her enemies and impress the king?
Speaker: Tamsin Lewis, musician, composer and historical consultant, with expertise in iconography and theatre music in early modern England. She plays the violin, viols, lute and harp
Tuesday 25 April
Plays were not only performed to foreign guests to show-off magnificent hospitality at the royal court, they were also used to further diplomatic negotiations.
In December 1521, Henry VIII entertained imperial ambassadors with ‘many sumptuoys and gorgious disguisynges, enterludes and bankettes’, ahead of negotiating the details of their intended invasion of France.
Discover how drama was used as a tool for persuasion at the Tudor court.
Speaker: Thomas Betteridge is a Professor at Brunel University London. He is an expert in the history of the English stage, in particular medieval and Tudor drama.
Wednesday 10 May
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.
Tuesday 23 May
‘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.
Thursday 8 June
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.
Come to this exclusive family event with the English National Ballet and the Science Museum.
18 August - 20 August 2017
1 hour 15 minutes
Join Siobhan Clarke for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.