On Saturday 30 April, visitors taking tours of Parliament can also enjoy Act 4 Scene 1 from Richard II, performed in Westminster Hall by Edward's Boys from Shakespeare’s old school in Stratford-upon-Avon.
To celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare, 400 years after his death, we are exploring the Bard’s connection with the Houses of Parliament.
In Act 4 Scene 1, set in Westminster Hall, Shakespeare dramatically portrays the deposition of King Richard II who reluctantly surrenders his crown and sceptre to Bolingbroke, the future King Henry IV.
These short performances by Edward’s Boys take place at regular intervals between 11am and 2pm. Young explorers are encouraged to join our Visitor Assistants and participate in some Shakespeare themed dressing up and other activities.
Visitors will require a ticket for an audio tour or guided tour on Saturday 30 April. There is a family version of the audio tour and one child goes free with each paying adult.
Taking inspiration from another Shakespearean quote, “Brevity is the soul of wit” (Hamlet), we are urging visitors to tweet about their day (in less than 140 characters) using the hashtag #WillAtWestminster.
Tour tickets can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.
More about Edward’s Boys
Edward’s Boys, a theatre company comprising students from King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon, have received academic attention and popular success as a result of their work exploring the rarely seen plays originally written for the Early Modern boys’ companies.
Image: Courtesy of Edward's Boys