‘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
Lily Bevan

Designed by
James Perkins

Will Rastall, Sophie Bleasdale, Lily Bevan, Fraser Millward, Emily Gilchrist

Produced by
Emily Slack for The London Collective

Photography by
Bronwen Sharp




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’


EdFringe Review
‘Mock Tudor is a delightful new piece of writing’
‘A beautifully delivered, polished and hilarious production’


Backstage Pass
‘Beautifully written’


PostScript Journal
‘Mock Tudor is just delightful’



Booking Details

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)

Booking: or
Telephone Booking: 0131 556 6550


Pleasance London – 5th and 6th July 7.30pm
Latitude Festival – 19th July 2pm
Old Red Lion – 23rd and 23th July 9.30pm





Contact us about Mock Tudor

To contact us about the show, future life and touring please email Emily Slack on

For all press related inquiries, please contact Chloe Nelkin at or on 07764273219.