See the Gunpowder Plot brought to life at Northamptonshire’s Boughton House

13 October 2014

Boughton House in Northamptonshire will host an explosive Bonfire Night event featuring an innovative live theatre performance and firework display.

The event, which takes place on 4th and 5th November, will use theatre, storytelling, music, digital projections and a fireworks finale to tell the story of the Gunpowder Plot and Northamptonshire’s links with the ill-fated conspiracy.

This spectacular performance has been created by theatre company METRO-BOULOT-DODO and will take place in the grounds of the stunning 16th century stately home near Kettering.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “For a Bonfire Night with a difference, this incredible event is not to be missed. People will be able to find out about Northamptonshire’s historic connections to the Gunpowder Plot before enjoying a spectacular firework display over the ‘hidden home’ of Bonfire Night, Boughton House.”

Charles Lister, property manager at Boughton House, said: “Thousands joined us last year as we breathed new life into the story behind this enduring celebration. After four centuries, Boughton claimed its title as the home of Bonfire Night and we look forward to retelling our unique story for visitors again this year.”

Esther Simpson, Artistic Director for METRO-BOULOT-DODO, said: “Last year was an amazing success and this year’s show looks set to be a real spectacle with live performance, large scale projections and, of course, an amazing firework display.”

What is Northamptonshire's connection with the Gunpowder Plot?

Northamptonshire has strong links with the infamous plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. The family of Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the attack, lived in Ashby St Ledgers, while his cousin and co-conspirator Francis Tresham was the son of Sir Thomas Tresham, who owned Rushton Hall and Lyveden New Bield.

Meanwhile, Edward Montagu, the 1st Baron Montagu of Boughton and an MP, was the instigator of the Observance Act, which called for an annual celebration to mark the failure of the plot.

What can I expect from the event?

A video offering a taste of the Gunpowder Plot event can be viewed by clicking here.

Gates open at 6.30pm with entertainment including fire act Fairly Famous Family, performances by the Northampton Philharmonic Choir and a visual arts installation by local primary school children. The main show starts at 7.30pm followed by the fireworks finale.

This is an outdoor, standing-only event and is suitable for children aged six and over. Hot food and drinks will be available to buy at the venue.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6.50 for under 16s. A 10% discount is available on group bookings of four people or more. To book tickets, visit www.liveboxoffice.co.uk/gunpowder or call 01536 414141.


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