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Civil War Stories

Two actors dressed in historic Civil War costume performing
  • Date: 27th May 2018
  • Time: 15:00 - 16:00
  • Location: The Commandery
  • Cost: Adults £5.95, Concessions £4.95, Children FREE, Individual annual ticket £10.95, Worcester residents annual ticket £5

Experience a performance like no other, weaving true tales of politics, religion, monarchy and conflict, including a bloody battle taking place right here in the heart of Worcester.

Civil War Stories stars Charles I, Charles II, Oliver Cromwell and other real-life characters including Prince Rupert of Bohemia, a monkey and a poodle.

Meet the one boy from Worcester who witnessed it all and lived to tell the tale.

Performance lasts approx. 45 mins. Suitable for ages 8+.

Created by Ruth Richardson. Contributed to and performed by Jonathan Darby and Claire Worboys. Producer Gemma Dhami. Designer Emma Thompson. 

With thanks to the Elmley Foundation, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support.

Admission to Civil War Stories is included in your Oak Apple Day Celebrations ticket.

Oak Apple Day Celebrations

Boy in civil war period costume jumping in the air holding oak leaves
  • Date: 27th May 2018 - 28th May 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Location: The Commandery
  • Cost: Adults £5.95 Concessions £4.95 Children FREE Individual annual ticket £10.95 Worcester residents annual ticket £5

Join The Commandery, Worcester for their traditional spring-time celebration of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

Enjoy two days of traditional spring-time festivities at The Commandery including live theatre, living history, family games and Morris dancing.

The spectacular Grade I listed Commandery in Worcester will be festooned with garlands of oak leaves to celebrate the story of Charles II's restoration. Find out about his flight from Worcester, after his Royalist army was famously beaten by the Parliamentarians during the final battle of the English Civil War in 1651, and how he hid in an oak tree to escape!

Enjoy traditional treats of small beer and plum pudding, and meet the King himself! There be a collaborative project with a paper-based artist creating artworks and pamphlets inspired by the English Civil War all afternoon on Sunday, and a one-off opportunity to see Civil War Stories, a live performance like no other, weaving true tales of politics, religion, monarchy and conflict at 3pm on Sunday.  On bank holiday Monday, have a go at Morris dancing with Bedcote Morris and immerse yourself in a 17th century living history camp including musket firing and cooking from the 1600s.

Sunday (1.30-5pm)

  • Get stuck into life at The Commandery during Oak Apple Day - make oak apple sprigs, decorate crowns and enjoy the traditional treats of plum cake and small beer!
  • Take part in Paper Rebellion, a collaborative art project inspired by 17th century pamphlets and print
  • At 3pm enjoy Civil War Stories - a brand new performance like no other! Weaving true tales of politics, religion, monarchyu and conflict, including a bloody battle taking place right here in the heart of Worcester

Monday (10am-5pm)

  • Enjoy 17th century style Oak Apple Day with living history, cameos, crafts and the traditional treats of plum cake and small beer!
  • Discover the Cabinet of Curiosities in the Great Hall
  • Watch and have a go at Morris dancing with Bedcote Morris
  • Experience a traditional mummers play in the Commandery gardens

Splash, Dash & Crash! Science Week

Children doing science experiments at The Commandery
  • Date: 29th May 2018 - 1st June 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 11:00 - 15:00
  • Location: The Commandery
  • Cost: £3 per child

Come along and join in the spirit of the Royal Society of London with hands-on experiments galore!

Enjoy some hilarious hand-on action this half term with The Commandery's very own mad scientist. Try the incredible can crush, figure out how the sinking soda suprise works, try and inflate the balloon in the bottle and have a go at everyone's favourite - the mentos geyser!

Be prepared to get messy! Every super scientist takes home a Royal Society badge and a booklet of science experiments to try at home.

Times:  11am and 2pm

Image: from the Worcester News

The Supernatural in the English Civil War - Civil War Nights at The Commandery

Medieval picture of a dragon attacking a crowd of people
  • Date: 7th June 2018
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: The Commandery
  • Cost: Tickets £7 (£5 for Battle of Worcester society members)

Talks take place in The Great Hall of The Commandery at 7pm. Tickets are available in advance from The Commandery shop. Talks are in partnership with the Battle of Worcester Society.

The English Civil Wars produced an unprecedented interest in "signs and wonders", apparitions, divine judgements, and magical arts such as astrology.  They also witnessed the zenith of fears about witchcraft and the Devil.

Join Professor Darren Oldridge of Worcester University as he presents an overview of the supernatural beliefs that were commonplace during this period..

Doors open 6.30 p.m., talks start at 7.00 p.m. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Price

£3 for students, £5 for members and £7 for non members.

'Civil War Nights' is a series of talks About aspects of the English Civil Wars. Brought to you by The Battle of Worcester Society.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles Poster
  • Date: 10th July 2018 - 22nd July 2018
  • Every day
  • Location: The Commandery
  • Cost: Call Worcester Live Box office for more info

This summer Worcester Repertory Company brings another theatre production to The Commandery gardens.

"Arguably Conan Doyle's most famous mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles is this year given the Worcester Rep treatment. Why is Mrs Hudson in the play when she wasn't in the original? Why is Sherlock Holmes convinced that the Hound of the Baskervilles has a beard? Why is Dr Watson so unbelievably stupid? Why do we let people from Droitwich buy tickets? Why can't we afford Benedict Cabbagepatch? Why is raining? Why have we asked people to come dressed up as dogs? Why are we here? You will get no answers at all to these and many other questions posed on the night!"

Performance Times:

Tuesday 10th – Sunday 22nd July (Excluding Monday 16th)
7.30pm Tuesday – Saturday
3pm Sundays

Tickets:

Tickets £16.50
Sunday performances £13.50
U16s £8
Flexi Tickets £18.50 – can be used for any performance

For further details and booking please contact Worcester Live Box office 01905 611427. 

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