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Anarchy vs order at the Banqueting House’s first masque in 400 years

Posted at 5:00 pm, July 25, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Tempe Restored

With the help of Historic Royal Palaces and Past Pleasures, the grandiose Banqueting House in Whitehall is hosting its first masque since 1635 for ‘Tempe Restored’ on Saturday July 27. This one-night-only immersive theatrical experience written by Aurelian Townshend and designed by Inigo Jones begins with anti-masque chaos (with all the topsy-turvy comedy, disorder and vice that ensues) and followed by an opulent masque where both the court and audience will restore order through a dance. With the command of majesties King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria, drinks in the Undercroft (King James I’s original drinking den), and a troupe of 17th century courtiers at hand to sweep you a few centuries back, it’ll be hard not to feel pretty damn regal. So get your Stuart swagger on and step out as a member of the royal Scottish House… Kitty Knowles

Tickets cost £28 and that includes a glass of wine. To book, go to hrp.org.uk.

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