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Under the Hammerbeam Roof

English Touring Opera is creating a new community opera to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace.

Under the Hammerbeam Roof is an exciting new opera written for the Sing 500 celebrations that mark the anniversary of the building of Hampton Court Palace in 1515. Working with 100 local adults, all of whom are involved in the creative process, the piece is performed twice in the Great Hall on Sat 14 November 2015, under its famous hammerbeam roof. Workshops began in July and have continued throughout the late summer and early autumn.

The story is about the tourists, ghosts and servants who walk, haunt and work in the Palace. The composer is Rachel Leach, the writer/director Tim Yealland, and the designer Catherine Ryan. The piece features tenor Armen Boldy, soprano Lucy Dascalopoulos and actor Paul O’Mahony. The Great Hall is the magnificent setting for the new opera; Henry VIII, the king who commissioned the set of tapestries that line its walls, features in the piece, as does his fifth Queen, Catherine Howard, now the Palace’s most famous ghost. But also present in a single night of revelation are Shakespeare, Christopher Wren, William III, Prince Frederick and a Victorian lady called Miss Bailey, who was outraged by the nude frescoes in her apartment.

Under the Hammerbeam Roof is commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces.

Participants in the opera come from the following groups, and the wider community:
• Freedom Stage Company
Kingston RISE
Molesey Musical Theatre
Otakar Kraus Music Trust
Wellness With A Goal

Showing At

  1. Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace
    14th Nov 2015 - 7:00 pm
  2. Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace
    14th Nov 2015 - 8:45 pm
  1. Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace — 14th Nov 2015 - 7:00 pm

    East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

  2. Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace — 14th Nov 2015 - 8:45 pm

    East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Showing At

  1. Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace
    14th Nov 2015 - 7:00 pm
  2. Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace
    14th Nov 2015 - 8:45 pm

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