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"Divorced, Beheaded, Died: An Audience with King Henry VIII"

28th / 29th August 5.30pm till 8.00pm


King Henry VIII's Royal Progress arrives at Harvington Hall 

'The year is 1544 and King Henry, the Eighth of that name, is engaged upon Royal Progress about his Realm; and has halted here to afford his Loyal Subjects the opportunity to have 'audience' with their Sovereign Lord and King.


The King, recently married to his new, and sixth, wife, Queen Catherine Parr, is in poor health; his leg continues to cause him considerable pain and he is often in a poor humour!

In the course of the 'audience', His Majesty will recount the events of his  long reign; telling of his wives and his children, and His Majesty will invite his Loyal Subjects to Petition him or question him on ANY related subject : a lively Q&A is assured !'

Come and join his majesty in the peaceful grounds of Harvington Hall. 

As an outdoor event we ask that you to bring your own seating. In true Tudor style, pork rolls are available to buy and soft drinks from the Malt House coffee shop. A licensed bar will be serving alcohol between 5.00pm until the end of the show. 

Pulled pork on a white floured bap with gravy, stuffing & apple sauce £6.50

Halloumi, sweet chilli & avocado on a white floured bap £6.50

For allergen information please contact the team at The Malt House - 

Cakes, hot drinks, cold drinks & ice creams also available.

 Please note - Audience ‘Age Guidance’ – 12+   : some moderate swearing and mention of ‘adult themes’

As you are exposed to the elements and with the unpredictable British weather we advise to wear appropriate clothing based on the weather.

Presented by: ‘Select Society’ - a company which, for in excess of 25 years, has provided historical performance 'services' to the UK heritage industry - English Heritage, National Trust, Historic Scotland, the Royal Household; and museums, castles and associated venues etc, in the UK and the USA, and to educational, corporate, social, and theatrical venues; as well as Film, TV, Theatre, and Radio productions.

Written by John White

Performed by Jack Abbott


This event is non-refundable unless cancelled by the performer or Harvington Hall. 

  • Free Parking / Disabled Parking
  • Disabled access
  • Toilets/Disabled toilets
  • Food and drink available 
  • Licensed bar
  • Guide dogs only 
  • No smoking or vaping on site 


"Jack Abbot looks the picture of Henry VIII .... an imposing figure ....great presence .... poignant .... Abbot is a powerhouse and embodies Henry VIII perfectly .... he is fun to watch"

 Simon Topping - Brighton Festival Fringe 2021


"....what a superb show! It was hard to believe we were not in the presence of the formidable monarch himself .... a pitch-perfect performance .... the audience were enthralled .... by this talented and impressive actor.... do not miss a chance to see such a first-class performance"

Ann Ellison, BEM, Artistic Director, Next Stage Theatre Company and The Mission Theatre, Bath

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