Conflict of Church and State: An Audience with King Henry VIII

An Audience with Henry VIII

In the Courtyard at Samlesbury Hall

Return of the King - back at Samlesbury by popular demand!

On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2024


The year is 1542 and the 'King' is engaged upon Royal Progress about his Realm. He reflects upon the events of recent years, which clearly weigh heavily upon him. Newly a widower, following the execution of his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, the King contemplates his actions and their outcomes. 

The single Act production encompasses the ending of his first marriage, to Aragon, the marriage to Boleyn, the break with Rome, the dissolution of the monasteries, the rebellion in the north and, collectively, the impact upon his Realm and people.  The performance runs into a Q&A session which enables audience members to directly question the King; questions which are answered both ‘in’ and ‘out’ of character.

"...Beautiful venue.  Excellent value for money.  Very professional show. Jack Abbot is very convincing as Henry VIII, pizza was lovely and plenty of it. Drinks selection was excellent and all the staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. Would definitely recommend. 10/10" 


Need somewhere to stay? Spend the night at The Hamlet in one of our cosy Shepherd's Huts, they sleep up to 4 people, are fully centrally heated and contain an en-suite bathroom.  For two people you can enjoy an evening's fine entertainment followed by comfortable accommodation for just £89

Food and Drink

Delicious homemade Woodfired pizza will be served in our historic courtyard from 5pm and our bar will be open for hot and cold drinks

Key Event Info

  • Doors open from 5pm when pizza will be served
  • Bar open from 5pm
  • Performance starts at 7pm
  • Children are welcome ages 12 and over
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements or allergies upon booking
  • Bring your own blanket
  • No food or drink to be brought onto the premises
  • In the event of wet weather, the performance will take place in our Great Hall


Available via Skiddle:

Friday 3rd May 2024

Saturday 4th May 2024

or call the office on 01254 812010

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