4 - 7 0ctober 2014

Magical illuminations will reveal Chatsworth in a different light for this year's Luminaire, inspired by famous drawings of Oberon, the Fairy Prince. Illuminated garden trails, atmospheric lighting and hundreds of candles combine for this special four night event taking place in the house and garden.

This unique Luminaire event features lighting effects, projections and music inspired by a selection of drawings by renowned English architect, Inigo Jones, which have not been seen in public for more than 40 years. A selection of his drawings will be displayed in the Great Chamber along with music to bring to the Baroque house to life.

Jones’ drawings of costumes, actors and set designs were made as he worked alongside the playwright Ben Johnson on the ‘Masque of Oberon, the Fairy Prince’ in the early 1600s.

Making their way down the illuminated pathways, visitors will see the familiar landmarks of the 105 acre garden, from the Emperor fountain to the Stables courtyard, recreated in true theatrical style featuring moments from the masque.

Flora’s Temple tea shop in the garden will be serving hot drinks and snacks, while those looking for something a little more traditional will be able to have dinner in the Carriage House restaurant in the Stables, open each evening until 9pm.

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. Tickets are also available for the garden only. For more information, opening times and ticket prices, visit the Luminaire page.


Notes to editors:

1. Masque of Oberon, the Fairy Prince:
The Masque of Oberon, The Fairy Prince follows the story of Silenus (the companion of Dionysus, god of wine) who prophesises the arrival of Oberon, the fairy prince, to a group of dancing satyrs. They enter Oberon’s hidden mountain palace and are greeted by the prince, who is riding a chariot drawn by two white bears. Together with his court, they sing and dance until morning. This is the same Oberon who appears in other period masques and plays including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Produced for the Stewart Court, ‘Oberon’ was performed on 1 January 1611 in the Banqueting Hall, Whitehall Palace.

The masque saw Jones's introduction of two techniques of scenery construction to English stagecraft. "Sidewings" are pieces of painted canvas that stand along the sides of the stage, resembling partial backdrops; they can be deployed in multiple pairs arranged for perspective effects. "Shutters" are painted backcloths split down the center, that can be slid in or out from the wings. Shutters, like sidewings, can be deployed in multiple sets; their use allows varied changes of scenic backdrop.

2. Chatsworth Luminaire
Two Derbyshire based companies have been involved in bringing the concept to life. Déda Producing - the Derby based organisation that created the hugely successful Elemental Force events in 2012/2013 - has created the outdoor event in partnership with Illuminos who have designed the projection and lighting effects.

3. Chatsworth House Trust
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.

Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. www.treasurehouses.co.uk

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

For further information or images please contact:
Steve Houghton, steveh@redbrickcommunications.com
Liz Bee, lizb@redbrickcommunications.com
Redbrick Communications
T: 0115 910 1500

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