18 October 2013

Enjoy Bonfire Night and firework celebrations with a difference this year at prestigious Boughton House.

A Bonfire Night with a difference

On 4 and 5 November Boughton House (the film set for the BAFTA and Oscar award-winning Les Miserables movie), will host an outdoor cultural spectacular designed for those who want something more explosive from their bonfire night celebrations.

Arts and heritage company Watch This Space in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council and Boughton House, and supported by Arts Council England, will deliver a memorable evening, using breathtaking performance, lighting, projection and fireworks, to tell the full story about Northamptonshire’s unique links to the infamous Gunpowder Plot.

The performance will show the conspiracy through the eyes of its Catholic ringleader Robert Catesby and fellow conspirator and traitor to the cause Francis Tresham as well as reveal just why Boughton House, dubbed ‘The English Versailles’, really is the hidden home of Bonfire Night.

It is relatively well known that several key elements of this audacious plot owe their origins to Northamptonshire through the roles of Catesby and his man servant Thomas Bates from Ashby St Ledger, and that of Francis Tresham whose family are connected with several historic properties in the county.


Tickets to this unique event are available courtesy of the Royal and Derngate box office or by telephoning 01604 624811.

A full price adult ticket is £12.50 with child / concessions at £8.50; however the first 500 tickets for both shows are currently available at the discounted rate of £8 / £6 concession. A £2.50 booking fee applies to all telephone / online bookings and family ticket and group discounts are also available.

Maurice Whitaker, Creative and Commercial Director for the Buccleuch Group said: ‘Many people know the links between Northamptonshire and the Gunpowder Plot but few know the association of Boughton House and this historic event. The Duke of Buccleuch’s ancestor, Edward of Montagu, was the man who sponsored the Observance act, setting in place a celebration that would go on for centuries. We are absolutely delighted to be marking our links to the 5th November through this special firework event at the Estate that will both educate and entertain audiences as to the local roots of the story. We’d like to encourage people to come to enjoy this 400 year old celebration at the place it all began, at Boughton, the hidden home of Bonfire Night.’

Paul Long, Artistic Director of Watch This Space said: ‘We are very excited to be working in Northamptonshire once again, a county with such a rich and varied heritage. This time we aim to bring to life one of history’s most infamous stories, ‘The Gunpowder Plot’, in the beautiful grounds of Boughton House. Through a spectacular outdoor performance we will re-connect the audience with the origins of our national Bonfire Night celebrations.’

Deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council and cabinet member for customers and communities Councillor Heather Smith said: “Using music, theatre, projection and of course, impressive fireworks, you will experience the true story of Northamptonshire’s connections to the Gunpowder Plot all in the stunning surroundings of Boughton House. Don’t miss out on this memorable event, as it’s guaranteed to be a Bonfire Night with a difference.”

About Watch This Space

Watch This Space (WTS) is an artist organisation dedicated to fusing live performance, original soundtrack and recorded visuals in the creation of unique interactive audio and performance tours of unusual spaces.

From churches to coal mines, former shoe factories to cathedrals, WTS retraces footsteps, placing personal content into a historical and architectural context WTS shows places as never before seen. For further information and contact details please visit http://www.watch-this-space.org.uk/

About Boughton House

Boughton House is the Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Built in the sixteenth century and later transformed into a vision of Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles, the house and the Grade 1 designed landscape nestle in an estate encompassing eleven thousand acres of beautiful English countryside and five villages. The house and gardens are open for group visits, by appointment, and private and corporate events. For further information and contact details please visit: www.boughtonhouse.org.uk.