Staging the Henrician Court was an interdisciplinary project drawing on performance, literary analysis and historical research. It was led by the Principal Investigator, Professor Thomas Betteridge, Oxford Brookes University, and Co-Investigator, Professor Greg Walker, Edinburgh University, and Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Hampton Court Palace: represented primarily by Dr Kent Rawlinson, Buildings Curator. The team was supported by Dr Eleanor Rycroft (Postdoctoral Research Assistant) and Dr Dan Goren (Research Community Developer).  RSC director, Gregory Thompson, directed all of the professional productions staged by the project. Staging the Henrician Court extended the findings of the completed preliminary project entitled Henrician Court Drama funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council speculative research grant.

The Play of the Weather

This project addressed two central research questions identified by the earlier project:

Staging the Henrician Court approached these questions from two angles: a staged production of John Heywood’s The Play of the Weather in August 2009 in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace; and an ongoing discussion of the insights generated by that production through an open-access website and academic publications. One of the original aspects of the project was the way an online research community helped generate the agenda for the two workshops staged in March 2010.

The project ran from November 2008 to November 2010. It generated a range of outputs including:

Journal articles and academic publications:

The Staging the Henrician Court
Project was supported by

arts and humanities research council

oxford Brookes university

edinburgh university