‘MOCK TUDOR’ by Lily Bevan
“Welcome to Hampton Court Palace. The year is 1533. Please turn off your mobile phones.”
Nic, Jess, Sophie and Sam are actors re-creating Henry VIII’s weddings, feasts, jousts and river pageants. They take pride in authenticity. Well, they try. But, now ‘Visitor Operations’ have ideas about ‘the future of the past’ and want to replace the actors with a computerised experience. It has never been more vital to keep the Tudors alive.
Being a good Tudor and speaking Tudorese (or ‘Desperanto’ as the re-enactors call it) isn’t always plain sailing. Do potatoes exist yet? Can you wear glasses with a kirtle? How can you fill in for the lute player when you don’t play the lute? And there are Tudor recipes to master too. Peacock stuffing?
The Mock Tudors have been working together for the last three years and they all have their own secret reasons to escape into the past. Can they navigate their relationships and prove that the spirit of the Tudors is alive and vital?
From the writer of Stephen & The Sexy Partridge at Trafalgar Studios comes a comedy drama about historical re-enactors, kirtles, potatoes, love and escape. It’s Summer 2014 in the only shitty room at Hampton Court Palace – the Green Room in The Old Pickling Cupboard – and things are about to change.
One of the funniest offerings in the West End ****
The Stage on Stephen & The Sexy Partridge
A classy likeable exercise in polished surrealism.
A confident, spirited, funny play – ****
Critics Choice – Time Out on Café Red, Trafalgar Studios
Written and Directed by
Will Rastall, Sophie Bleasdale, Lily Bevan, Fraser Millward, Emily Gilchrist
Emily Slack for The London Collective
British Theatre Guide
‘Mock Tudor is a hilarious, heartfelt and refreshing play’
The New Current
‘Bevan’s writing possess great warmth, humour and subtlety’
‘An instantly memorable production’
Arts Award Voice
‘A brilliant piece’
‘The storyline is superb and well executed’
‘The script is witty, sharp and an endless buzz’
‘Mock Tudor is a delightful new piece of writing’
‘A beautifully delivered, polished and hilarious production’
‘Mock Tudor is just delightful’
Dates: Wed 30th July – Mon 25th August
(except 11th), 1.45pm
Pleasance Courtyard – Beneath
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
Running time: 1 hour
Tickets: Previews (30th & 31st Jul, 1st Aug): £6
Monday-Tuesday: £8 (£7)
Wednesday-Thursday: £9 (£8)
Friday-Sunday: £10 (£9)
Contact us about Mock Tudor
To contact us about the show, future life and touring please email Emily Slack on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all press related inquiries, please contact Chloe Nelkin at email@example.com or on 07764273219.