Saturday 25 May – Saturday 1 June 2019
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
Step into the world of the Terrible Tudors this May half term, with a live stage production of Horrible Histories at the Tower of London. From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, revel in over 100 years of Tudor history in this open air hour-long performance in the Tower’s historic dry moat – the home of many Tudor dramas and deaths!
Presented by The Birmingham Stage Company, the Terrible Tudors promises to bring the blood curdling stories of this infamous royal dynasty to life for those with a thirst for all things awful and amusing.
Learn how King Henry VII, the first Terrible Tudor, came to the throne and find out the fate of his son King Henry VIII’s succession of six wives, two of which now lie buried in the Tower’s Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula. Meet the elegant Anne Boleyn - history’s most formidable second wife – and learn the romantic reason behind Henry’s ‘punch up’ with the Pope. Explore why Anne was imprisoned at the Tower of London and the tragic events that led to a ‘clean sweep’ at the hands of a French swordsman.
Ever wondered what the Groom of the Stool did for a living and why Queen Mary acquired her moniker Bloody Mary? Discover all this and more… in true Horrible Histories style. Will you whip the whipping boy or save poor King Ed? Which side will you choose as the Spanish Armada launch their attack? See the show and find out!
Performances last for one hour in the Tower’s historic dry moat – and with unreserved grass seating, visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket for a truly immersive experience set against the stunning backdrop of the capital’s formidable fortress.
Notes to Editors
For more information, please contact the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: 020 3166 6166 /[email protected]
12.00 and 15.00
Ticket Prices (advanced booking advised)
Terrible Tudors only:
Adult £12 / Child £7 / Under 5’s Free
A Terrible Tudors ticket does not include entry to the Tower of London
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. 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 and Gardens, 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. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk