Staging the Henrician Court

Project start date: 2008-04 Project end date: 2010-10
The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace is the only great hall built by Henry VIII. It is also the only existing Renaissance building in England for which there is unambiguous evidence of its being used for performances throughout the period c.1525 - 1658. In particular, the Great Hall at Hampton Court is largely the same space today as it was when William Shakespeare staged his A Midsummer Night's Dream before James I and VI. Staging the Henrician Court is an interdisciplinary research project into John Heywood's drama, the Play of the Wether. It will be based on historical research and textual analysis and will use dramatic performances and workshops in the Great Hall at Hampton Court to research the Henrician court. The two central research questions addressed by the project are: In what ways does staging John Heywood’s Play of the Wether utilise and/or transform the space of the Great Hall? To what extent did Henrician court drama create courtly space? The project approaches these questions from two mutually supportive angles. A staged production of John Heywood’s Play of the Wether in 2009 in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, and an ongoing discussion of the insights generated by that production through this open-access website and academic publications.
Methods usedCategory
CollatingData analysis
Content analysisData analysis
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Motion captureData capture
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Streaming mediaData publishing and dissemination
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
User contributed contentData publishing and dissemination
Video and moving image compressionData structuring and enhancement
Video editingData structuring and enhancement
Video-based interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Software tools used: 
Source material used:  
Original filmed performance of John Heywood's 'The Play of the Weather'. Original filmed interviews and discussions with academics and theatre practitioners.
Digital resource created:  
A film of a performance of the politically-charged Tudor morality play The Play of the Weather by John Heywood can be viewed on the website, which also provides a forum for comments. Video interviews with theatre practicioners engaged with the project. Video discussion between academics on the project. Promotional videos. Photos: film stills, theatrical production cast Text: supplementary text
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
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Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
Oxford Brookes University
Other institutions involved:
Historic Royal Palaces

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Prof Thomas Betteridge, Prof Greg Walker
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:James Cummings, Advice of Technology

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Author(s) of recordDan Goren
TitleStaging the Henrician Court
Record created2010-07-15
Record updated2010-07-15 14:48
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