13 February 2018
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
Meet mad King George III, Lady of the Lamp Florence Nightingale, and many more as they take to the stage this May at Hampton Court Palace.
26 May - 2 June 2018
This May half term, travel back in time to the world of the Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians, with a live stage production of Horrible Histories at Hampton Court Palace. From the long line of King Georges to a deadly outbreak of cholera in Victorian London, dive into the most gruesome parts of British history, all within the palatial gardens of which the Georgian kings called home.
It’s 1714 and Queen Anne, the last of the Stuarts, has died – now who’s going to succeed her? Why it’s time for the Hanover Handover of course, so join in with the action-packed song and witness the arrival of the Georgian era as we pass from King George I, to the II, III and IV. Along the way, audiences will meet other well-known historical characters from the period, including Lord Horatio Nelson, who’s on the hunt for some compensation for his damaged eye, and the Duke of Wellington, who wants to give someone the boot.
Once you’ve had your fill of the Georgians, it’s time to fast forward to Victorian England, 1854, where sewage fills the streets of Soho. It’s up to doctor John Snow to solve the most terrible outbreak of cholera in British history but the council think he knows nothing. The gruesomeness continues at a hospital in Turkey during the Crimean War, where it’s fifty men to every toilet bucket! Find out what happened when Florence Nightingale, the Lady of the Lamp, came face to face with this putrid problem.
Presented by The Birmingham Stage Company- the producers of Terrible Tudors - Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians promises to uncover centuries of grisly history, and is perfect for those with a thirst for all things awful and amusing.
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.
Please note that many of these scenes have appeared in productions of Barmy Britain.
To book tickets, please visit: www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/explore/the-gorgeous-georgians-and-vile-victorians/
For further information and images, please contact Sophie Lemagnen in the Historic Royal Palaces press office: 020 3166 6304 / [email protected]
Notes to editors
May 26, 27, 28, 30 & 31 June 1 & 2: 12.00 and 15.00
May 29: 12.00 and 18.00
Horrible Histories only:
Adult: £12 /Child: £7/ Child under 5: free but require ticket
Upgrade ticket for Horrible Histories, palace, maze and The Magic Garden available.
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852.
For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk.