House of Cards

Kensington Palace , Kensington Sunday February 24 2013 0:00
House of Cards
© Rob Greig
House of Cards, Kensington Palace
To launch the newly-refurbished Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces has worked with creators of interactive theatrical adventures, Coney, to create two installations that reveal the secret lives of characters in the history of the British monarchy. The multimedia installations, which feature costumes from the collection and live performances, are designed to encourage visitors to engage with stories from the Houses of Stuart and Hanover. In the Queen's Apartments, the rise and fall of the Stuarts is seen through the eyes of 'Little William' in an installation, designed by Joanna Scotcher, that features elaborate mirrors, cabinets, love letters and ships in bottles. Eighteenth-century celebrity, fashion, politics and treachery are the focus of the installation in the King's Apartments, where costumed performers invite visitors to take part in a game of cards, collecting hints and tips about the King as they progress.


Venue name: Kensington Palace
Address: The Broadwalk
Kensington Gardens
W8 4PX
Opening hours: Mar 1–Oct 31 daily 10am–6pm (last admission 5pm); Nov 1–Feb 28 daily 10am–4pm (last admission 3pm). Closed Dec 24–26
Transport: Tube: High St Kensington/Notting Hill Gate
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