image for Talk item typePlays of persuasion at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Talk, Tue 25 Apr 2017


Hampton Court Palace

0844 482 7777


East Molesey,

Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 25 Apr Plays of persuasion
Sun 30 Apr Choral Evensong
Sun 7 May Choral Evensong
Wed 10 May Sacred music and the Reformation
Sun 14 May Choral Evensong
Sun 21 May Choral Evensong


Plays were not only performed to foreign guests to show-off magnificent hospitality at the royal court, they were also used to further diplomatic negotiations.

In December 1521, Henry VIII entertained imperial ambassadors with ‘many sumptuoys and gorgious disguisynges, enterludes and bankettes’, ahead of negotiating the details of their intended invasion of France.

Discover how drama was used as a tool for persuasion at the Tudor court.

Speaker: Thomas Betteridge is a Professor at Brunel University London. He is an expert in the history of the English stage, in particular medieval and Tudor drama.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toilets

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 25 Apr 2017
Doors open: 18.30
Event starts: 18.50
Event finish: 20.00


£15.00; £13.00 concessions



See location of Hampton Court Palace on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 149686  Lat: 51.40479 Long: -0.34950

By car: The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309.
By train: South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey takes only 35 minutes and the palace is a 2-minute walk across the bridge from the station.
By bus: Bus routes: 111, 216, 411, 451, 461, 718, R68, 416, 513, 267 (Summer Sundays only).
By River boat: From Richmond or Kingston with Turk Launches (April - mid September) and from Westminster with Westminster Passenger Cruises (April - September).
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Car parking
Green car park - pay and display
Charges from 08.00 - 20.00
£1.00 per hour until 30 April 2015
£1.50 per hour from 1 May 2015

Palace car park - pay on foot
Charges from 08.00 - 20.00
£1.50 per hour until 30 April 2015
£1.60 per hour from 1 May 2015

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome