Histories of the Unexpected LIVE: The Tudors!

Histories of the Unexpected LIVE: The Tudors!

Tues 18 Aug 8pm


From Sam Willis the presenter of the BBC’s The Silk Road and Invasion! and James Daybell comes a brand-new show, a new way to think about the TUDORS! A fast-paced and revolutionary, perfect for all the family…You’ll never think about the Tudors in the same way again …GUARANTEED!

Why is the history of shrinking all about the Spanish Armada? Why is the history of oranges all about Tudor spies? What links Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to windows, bells and fire? Why is the history of rings all about the death of Elizabeth I?

Well you’ll just have to come to find out…

‘It’s Genius!’

Paul Ross, Talk Radio

‘History as you’ve never seen it before.’

Dan Snow

‘Fun, witty and fast-paced… an innovative approach to telling history.’

BBC History Weekend

‘It’s the new Horrible Histories’

BBC Radio Devon

Dr Sam Willis

Sam is one of the country’s best-known historians. He has made more than ten major TV series for the BBC and National Geographic including: The Silk Road, Maritime China Reborn, Relics of China, Invasion!, Castles: Britain’s Fortified History, Outlaws, Weapons: Britain’s Armed History and Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History. His documentaries have won prizes globally.

Sam has also written more than ten critically acclaimed and award-winning books, most recently three for the new Penguin Ladybird Expert Series: The Spanish Armada, The Battle of the Nile and The Battle of Trafalgar, all published in 2018. Nonetheless, Sam is at his happiest recording podcasts and writing for Histories of the Unexpected.

Professor James Daybell

James is an Oxford-educated Professor of Early Modern British History at the University of Plymouth, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 

He has produced more than eight books including Tudor Women Letter-Writers (Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback 2018), Women and Politics in Early Modern England (2004), The Material Letter (2012), Gender and Political Culture (2016) and Cultures of Correspondence (2016), and written more than 35 articles and essays on topics ranging from Renaissance letter-writing, Elizabethan politics, and secret codes, to the family, archives and the cultural history of gloves.

James is Director of the AHRC-funded project ‘Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800’ in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Director of the British Academy/Leverhulme-funded ‘Women’s Early Modern Letters Online’ in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Bodleian Library. He is editor of two book series: ‘Material Readings of Early Modern Culture’ and ‘Gendering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’ and has appeared on numerous historical documentaries.


Reserved covered seating £18

Reserved covered seating Friends £16.20

Discounted Theatre and Gardens Ticket £29.55 Adult £24.90 Child

Pre-theatre suppers can be reserved for before the evening performance only, with your ticket purchase.