Experience the world of the Terrible Tudors this half term with Horrible Histories Live on Stage at Hampton Court Palace

Horrible Histories: The Terrible Tudors runs 29 May – 5 June

Horrible Histories: The Terrible Tudors runs 29 May – 5 June

Hampton Court Palace will be closed on Friday 07 May and Wednesday 19 May 2021.

This May half term, the whole family is invited to Hampton Court Palace to experience the world of the Terrible Tudors in the very place they called home. Returning to the palace’s stunning East Front Gardens, the popular Horrible Histories stage show will bring to life a whole host of well-known historical characters, many of whom lived at the palace!

From the horrible Henries right up until the end of evil Elizabeth, families will be able to hear all of the legends (and the lies!) about the Tudors in this hour long live outdoor performance. Along the way, children will learn the fate of Henry’s headless wives, as well as his punch up with the Pope, before finding out if they’ve got what it takes to survive the Spanish Armada as they prepare to launch their attack. Perfect for those with a thirst for all things awful and amusing, Horrible Histories Live on Stage – presented by The Birmingham Stage Company - promises history with all of the nasty bits left in!

No visit would be complete without exploring the rest of Henry VIII’s summer palace - an absolute must for any Tudor enthusiast. Visitors can take a stroll through the spectacular formal gardens, before walking in the footsteps of Tudor history’s most infamous characters in the spectacular Great Hall, recently reopened to visitors alongside the palace’s State Apartments and historic kitchens. Little ones can also enjoy the fun-filled Magic Garden, an adventure playground built on the site of Henry VIII’s former jousting arena.

To provide peace of mind, a host of safety measures such as one-way routes, hand sanitiser dispensers and social distancing signage will be in place throughout the palace and gardens to ensure returning visitors feel safe.  Visitors are also asked to book in advance to help Historic Royal Palaces – the independent charity that cares for Hampton Court - manage capacity and allow everyone to enjoy their time at the palace with plenty of space.

All performances will be socially distanced and run twice daily at 12pm and 3pm, lasting for one hour. Households and bubbles will be seated on the grass in their own clearly marked and socially distanced seating square.

For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/whats-on/horrible-histories-live-on-stage

Notes to editors

For further information and images, please contact Sophie Lemagnen in the Historic Royal Palaces press office via [email protected] 

Historic Royal Palaces is a team of people who love and look after six of the most wonderful palaces in the world. We create space for spirits to stir and be stirred. We want everyone to feel welcome and accepted. We tell stories about the monarchs you know and the lives you don’t. We let people explore and we set minds racing. We are a charity and your support gives the palaces a future, for everyone.  

Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk