Unistage holds court

The British Royal Family may not have inhabited Hampton Court Palace, since the 18th century, but it certainly is a hive of activity these days.

Hampton Court is one of those places where you can spend the whole day, with interesting demonstrations to supplement the audio tours along the routes, including exhibitions, special activities, tours, talks and live performances.

There are demonstrations on musical instruments in Tudor times, the life of a maid or expert talks on some of the paintings.

And it’s because the court has such a varied range of demonstrations that is essential the venue has staging to suit – portable, modular staging that can be used for many different purposes.

Hampton Court Palace’s education team soon decided Unistage would be the best staging for them: “I came across the Unistage website and needed an easy to assemble stage, mainly for our adult education events.

“These include talks, film viewings and Audience With’ evenings such as Queen Mary I.”

Located upstream of central London on the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. As Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.

Today, the palace is open to the public, and is a major tourist attraction. It is cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.

Stephen Huckle, Managing Director of Unistage said: “We are honoured to contribute to educating people about British history in Hampton Court Palace. The Tudor era was a really important part of our history and people should take the time to visit it to understand the period and be educated in a fun way.”

Apart from the Palace itself and its gardens, other points of interest for visitors include the celebrated maze, the historic tennis court and the huge grape vine, claimed to be the largest in the world.