Illuminated inside and out with subdued lighting and hundreds of candles Chatsworth will open for four special evenings this October, inspired by a selection of Inigo Jones drawings not seen in public for more than 40 years.
Displayed in the Great Chamber, Jones drawings of costumes, actors and set designs were made as he worked alongside the playwright Ben Jonson on the ‘Masque of Oberon, the Fairy Prince’. Sixth in the series of extravagant shows that Jonson and Jones produced for the Stuart Court, ‘Oberon’ was performed on 1 January 1611 in the Banqueting Hall, Whitehall Palace. Henry, Prince of Wales, son and then-heir of James I, the Renaissance Prince took the title role entering in a chariot drawn by two white (polar) bears.
For Chatsworth Luminaire drawings, music and costume will bring the baroque house to life. In the garden an illuminated trail leads the way with Oberon’s Palace revealed on the East façade of Chatsworth House. The illuminated trail transforms many of the familiar landmarks in the 105-acre garden from the Emperor Fountain to the Ring Pond, Cascade and Rockery. Moments from the Masque are featured with lighting, projections and music, ending in the Stables Courtyard.
Luminaire will take place from 4 October to 7 October 2014 with the house opening at 6.30pm and the event closing at 10.30pm. House and Garden tickets will only be available in advance and provide timed entry into the house. For more information, opening times and ticket prices, visit www.chatsworth.org.