Part of HOME Festival

Will We Impress Good Queen Bess?

Free outdoor event

Part of HOME Festival

Brought to you by Book of Portraits
Designed and Directed by Alexander Kaniewski

Characters will be appearing across the Warwick Campus from 11am

In 1575 Robert Dudley produced a lavish music and theatre event at his home, Kenilworth Castle. His intention was to win the heart of the visiting Queen, Elizabeth I, who Dudley had coveted for many years. This impressive spectacle laid on by George Gascoigne and his ragged bunch of bards included an 18-foot mermaid; performers dressed as ancient gods; the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legend; and much more. Gascoigne himself donned a holly bush and embodied 'the spirit of desire'.

This summer local musicians and performers have come together to create their own extravagant spectacle, taking inspiration from Robert Dudley’s big show as well as the culture of the time. Come and join for traditional dancing and frivolity as you see this troupe of travelling bards, minstrels and vagabonds pull out all the stops to try and impress Good Queen Bess!

This event will be returning to its historic 'home' Kenilworth Castle on Friday 12th July from 12pm-4.30pm. Join the company there for more family frivolity in the beautiful grounds of the castle.

Event Details

  • Sat 6 Jul 2024, 11.00am

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