Elizabethan Christmas

When

22 to 23 December and 27 December 2017 to 1 January 2018

11:00- 15:30

Ticketing information


Included in palace admission (members go free)

A heart-warming Christmas story for all the family, set at the court of Queen Elizabeth I and performed around the palace. Witness as this touching tale unfolds throughout the day, full of music, dance and festive fun.

Queen Elizabeth I and her court are at Hampton Court Palace for the festive season. The pressure is on for the Queen’s Master of Revels, Edmund Tilney, to arrange a celebration to remember. However when disaster strikes he must turn to an unlikely place for a solution. Is all lost, or will it be a Christmas to remember?

Join us as courtiers, musicians, and jesters will be filling the palace courtyards and rooms with music, drama and laughter.

Daily schedule

11.00-11.15

Procession & Scene: Queen Elizabeth & Lady Mary (Scudamore Base Court & Great Hall)

11.15-11.30

Jesters (Clock Court)

11.30-11.45

Dance Workshop (Base Court)

11.45-12.00

Singing from Aurum Vocale (Great Hall)

12.00-12.10

Scene: Benedict loses his voice (Great Hall)

12.10-12.25

Singing from Aurum Vocale (Great Hall)

12.25-12.35

Scene: Choir Rehearsal (Great Hall)

12.45-13:00

Music from the Queen's Musicians (Great Watching Chamber)

13.10-13.25

Jesters (Clock Court)

13.30-13.45

Singing from Aurum Vocale (Great Hall)

13.50-14.00

Scene: The Earl of Essex Returns (Great Hall)

14.00-14.15

Music from the Queen's Musicians (Great Watching Chamber)

14.20-14.30

Scene: Tilneys Toothache and a offer (Meet in Base Court)

14.30-14.45

Dance Workshop (Clock Court)

14.45-15.00

Jesters (Clock Court)

15.00-15.25

Scene: Tom takes the Solo (Great Hall & Base Court)

Cast and creative team

Cast

Annabelle Brown: Mary Scudamore

Morag Sims: Martha

Presley Charman: Tom

Leon Williams: Robert Devereux

Sally George: Queen Elizabeth

Ian Houghton: Edmund Tilney

Creative team

Writer: Elizabeth Kuti

Director: Tom Latter

Movement Director: Charlotte Ewart

Music Director: Tom Lees

Music Director Aurum Vocale: David Clegg

Casting Director: Emily Jones

Costume Manager (Past Pleasures): Lyndsey Pook

Stage management

Stage Manager: Frances White

Designer/Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Robinson

Download the cast and creative list
Exterior of Banqueting House with Whitehall in the foreground under a blue, partially cloudy sky
Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of the condemned King and stand on the spot of Charles I's execution, just outside Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
Things to see

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

Open daily (closed 18-29 November 2019)

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Highlights Things to see

Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

Pop-up Kings and Queens book

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

£6.99

Luxurious soft faux suede cushion featuring a portrait of Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Queen Elizabeth I portrait cushion

Luxurious soft faux suede cushion featuring a portrait of Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

£40.00

Limited edition collector's pewter tree decoration. Features Queen Victoria's small crown. Dated 2016.

Queen Victoria crown 2016 dated decoration

Limited edition collector's pewter tree decoration. Features Queen Victoria's small crown. Dated 2016.

£29.99