Gareth Damian Martin
Stage Sound Services
Historic Royal Palaces
Hampton Court Palace, April 3rd 2015
59 Productions was commissioned to create a unique and celebratory opening event to the season's celebrations at Hampton Court, to mark the 500th anniversary of the palace. The spectacular final piece, which played for three nights over the Easter weekend, took place in the Privy gardens, overlooking the Baroque south facade, and comprised a 22-minute projected artwork which which told the architectural and cultural history of the palace, as well as celebrating some of the seminal events from the building's past.
The show included a bespoke score from composer Paul Clark, and was accompanied by lights and - for the explosive 3 minute-finale, spectacular pyrotechnics, synchronised to the projection and the music.
The whole event was conceived, directed and produced by 59 Productions, on behalf of Historic Royal Palaces.
The audience are invited to travel through time on a journey spanning 500 years of Hampton Court Palace history. The palace’s south facade is brought to spectacular life with a dramatic display of projection-mapped animation, music and pyrotechnics. Beginning in 1515, before Cardinal Wolsey started his major building project, we see the evolution of the palace in the hands of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty, witness the planned destruction of the palace by an ambitious William III and his Queen Mary II, and the eventual modification of the Tudor architecture into the Baroque East and South wings which stand to this day.
We are taken on a soaring flight over the beautiful palace gardens and through the famous maze, before joining the rush of visitors to the palace when Queen Victoria threw its doors open to the public in 1838. The explosive finale - set to music by Underworld - sees the palace come to life as never before, celebrating its place as a jewel in London’s 21st Century landscape.