Dr Tom Betteridge Secures Award to Restage The Play of the Weather at Hampton Court
Oxford Brookes English Department Reader Dr Tom Betteridge has secured a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant for a project examining the Court Drama of the Reign of Henry VIII. The project includes restaging John Heywood’s the Play of the Weather at Hampton Court Palace in 2009.
The Play of the Weather is the exemplary court drama from the reign of Henry VIII. It is the perfect play to perform at Hampton Court because it combines the formality of a court drama with the bawdiness and rough humour that was an essential part of Henry’s Court. The records do not tell us where or when it was originally performed, but it was clearly written to be staged at court and the play itself comments on Henry’s divorce and his infatuation with Anne Boleyn.
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