Humphreys of TV featuring Blenheim Palace

Humphreys of TV featuring Blenheim Palace


Welcome to Humphreys of Henley TV, countryside concierge at its finest, and a wonderfully warm welcome to the fabulous pop-up theatre, the replica of the
Globe Theatre in London, but we are standing in the grounds of the beautiful Blenheim Palace. I am hugely excited. We are about to see the
critically-acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Where better to experience one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies than in the gardens and the
grounds of this fabulous palace. James Cundall came up with the
idea originally, last year, and set up this amazing
pop-up theatre in York, and because it was so superb, and all 80,000 visitors
to the York productions said how wonderful it was, it’s now not only
performing in York in 2019, us Southerners are jolly lucky to have it down here in Blenheim. Surrounded by the theatre,
there’s a bustling Tudor village with lots of shops and bars
and all sorts of things that apparently one would
have found in Tudor days when going to the theatre. This beautiful Elizabethan-style theatre offers three rows of tiered seating and an area down there
for the groundlings, as they were known 500 years ago, and are still called today. So they’ve got as close as they can to the beautiful Globe Theatre, and if you’ve been there,
if you’re lucky enough to have seen a production at the Globe, you’ll see just how close this is. So it’s an incredible achievement that they have created this
in the grounds of Blenheim. The wonderful thing about
this style of theatre is that no one is too far away. The furthest that any
member of the audience sits is 15 metres, which is an
extraordinary achievement, and enables the actors and the audience to create a really special relationship when the actors are on stage. We all feel really part of it. Drama, tragedy, and
comedy have all unfolded on this stage behind me
over the last few weeks, since it all started in July. James Cundall chose four of Shakespeare’s
really fabulous plays. In addition to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which we are seeing later, there have been amazing
productions of Richard III, Macbeth, and an amazingly
inspirational production of Romeo and Juliet. A visit to Blenheim is just
magical in its own right. Not only have you got the
architecture, the history, the stunning grounds, but the team at Blenheim
work incredibly hard to put the most amazing events on. It’s worth a visit to their website just to see what’s coming up. Next week, we’ve got the Salon Prive, a collection of some of the
most stunning cars in the world, and then at Christmas, the most
fabulous festival of lights. There’s something going on all the time. Even if you just visit the
grounds and the palace, it’s a magical experience, and obviously also the
birthplace of Winston Churchill, the greatest Briton. So we are going to leave the
stage to the professionals and let them do all of their preparations, and go and try out whatever
it was that they used to do prior to performances in the
Tudor times 500 years ago. We look forward to next week.

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