Kensington Palace will host an immersive theatrical experience for the first time next month.
The building will showcase Les Enfants Terribles‘ production of United Queendom, which tells the story of a historical royal love triangle.
It will use 14 rooms in the palace, including the state apartments, to create the theatrical experience.
The production staff will have 90 minutes to transform the venue once it has closed to the public, and will open after hours for the production, which runs from February 28 until March 30, with a press night on March 2.
The performance will have 11 characters, based on real life historical figures from George II’s court, and will explore the relationship between the king, his wife Queen Caroline and his mistress Lady Henrietta Howard.
The company’s creative director James Seager said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be let loose in the palace after closing time to bring a modern twist to history and to re-introduce two women who have such modern influences and parallels to the world we live in today.
“They refused to back down in a male dominated world, refused to be silenced and refused to bow to tradition.”
“Their stories deserve to be heard and told and we’re looking forward to introducing them to new audiences,” he added.
The audience will be invited to King George II’s birthday party, before choosing which woman and which story to follow.
Historical Palaces arts and cultural programming manager Emily Wiseman said: “In 2020, we’re going to be exploring history from lots of different perspectives, so we’re excited to be embarking on this new creative partnership with Les Enfants Terribles, offering an opportunity for people to experience Kensington Palace in a new and surprising way.”
The show is directed by Christa Harris.