Midsummer Merriments: Tales from Hampton Court Palace


06 August - 21 August

11.30, 13.30, 15.30


East Front Gardens

Ticketing information

Each performance will be 30 minutes. Please note this is an outdoor event.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Join Bottom and the Mechanicals this summer as they make their long-awaited return to Hampton Court Palace – the original home of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – to host a half-hour extravaganza of sketches, games and interactive family fun!

The Wheel of Merriment will decide what our buffoonish Mechanicals get up to next, with segments on the wheel representing an artefact, person, or story unique to Hampton Court Palace. Whatever the wheel decides, our Mechanicals gleefully deliver – uncovering unexpected tales and introducing special items from the palace’s extraordinary collection from the stables to the throne room.

High-octane and all-inclusive, this is an invigorating, mad-cap thirty minutes designed to entertain the whole family by offering a new lens on the palace’s rich history, and - because the wheel holds more content than the Mechanicals can perform in thirty minutes , every show will be different.

On Thursday 11 and Saturday 20 August there will be a BSL interpreter on site to sign all three performances.

This show is presented in partnership with Shakespearience. The team behind Shakespearience have worked together since 2014 and are best known for making the Bard’s best-loved works burst into life in a high-octane, whistle-stop tour of three of Shakespeare’s plays through mischievous storytelling.

Summer Live Offer 2021, costumed interpreters as Tudor Liveried Yeomen in the courtyards at Hampton Court Palace
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Join us each weekend at Hampton Court Palace and meet the Tudors that made the court of Henry VIII tick.

Weekends from 30 April

Hampton Court Palace

10.00 - 17.00

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The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
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Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.


Hampton Court Palace

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Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
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Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens and find our free entry Garden Open Days dates.


Hampton Court Palace

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Close up of a Henry VIII hanging decoration in the Henry Shop

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Our gifts and souvenirs are are inspired by over 500 years of history from Hampton Court Palace.

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Embroidered and hand painted Tudor rose, displayed in a wooden frame.

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Browse through our Tudor Collection to find a whole range of products based on the Tudors.

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Bags, mugs, and other gifts printed with a figure of Henry VIII

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Explore the range of products inspired by this larger than life monarch and Hampton Court Palace where all his six wives lived.

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