Starting March 26th, 2010, the magnificent State Apartments at Kensington Palace will be temporarily transformed into The Enchanted Palace, a unique multisensory exhibition combining performance, spectacle, and fashion!
Behind this innovative event is the Cornwall-based international theater company Wildworks; they produce “unique landscape” theatre, working with offbeat partners like surfers, migrants, gospel choirs, hip hop types, and cake-makers in spaces including old quarries, derelict mines, fishing quays, a Napoleonic citadel, and royal palaces. Also helping to put a stylish spin on the palace will be an A-list roster of British fashion design talent: Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Jones, William Tempest, Boudicca, Aminaka Wilmont and illustrator/set designer Echo Morgan. In addition to a display of dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret, the designers’ various installations will be inspired by the Palace itself and the princesses who once lived there, including Mary, Anne, Caroline, Charlotte, Victoria, Margaret, and Diana.
“We have found the stories of the palace incredibly inspiring, they’re like true fairy tales,” says Wildworks Producer Bill Mitchell. “The rebellious princess who was so universally loved that, when she died in childbirth, London ran out of black mourning fabric; the little sickly prince who played peashooters with his uncle, the king; the court that kept a wild feral boy as a pet; the young princess who wept for three days when told she had to marry a man twice her age; the two friends who had a quarrel that caused deaths, changed the fortunes of great families and the map of Europe. It’s such rich material for art and theatre – to be exploring these stories in the rooms where they took place is thrilling.”