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RA Lates: Night at the Palace

Event preview

ON MARCH 3, 2018, the Royal Academy of Arts will become King Charles I’s Whitehall Palace re-imagined for an immersive art night to coincide with the major exhibition Charles I: King and Collector, which reunites one of the most extraordinary and influential art collections ever assembled for the first time since the 17th century.

Night at the Palace invites guests to a spectacular court festival. Visitors will be able to partake in a classical club night combining baroque, hip-hop and contemporary-classical music, visit the King’s private apartments for political gossip, experience an experiential theatrical production and dance until late to live music by the Ceilidh Liberation Front.

Dress code: Courtly Decadence (think historical opulence with a contemporary twist, don feathered collars, extravagant ruffs, lace trims, jacquard capes, neck frills and plenty of gold).


‘The Celestial Triumph’; a reimagined Court Masque

‘The Celestial Triumph’ takes inspiration from Court Masques, extravagant performances for the King and his circle that combined poetry, music, dance, theatre and painting. Audiences are invited to experience live music and ritual dances through a tale of malignant spirits who threaten to disturb the King’s peaceful rule. Interactive performances, produced by Wilson & Hart, take place in a vibrant stage set installation by art collective Abby and Alice, inspired by the glittering and lavish sets of architect and masque designer Inigo Jones.

Banqueting House

Guests are invited to dine in a banqueting hall while listening to dinner speeches about political gossip and royal scandal, including Professor Jason Peacey on revolutionary politics and print culture during the English Civil War.

Ceremonial Hall

The RA’s grand entranceway will play host to Baroque Remix, a classical club night with composer and DJ Benjamin Tassie combining baroque, hip-hop and contemporary-classical music, with live lute player accompaniment.

Revelling Rooms

The finale of Court Masques were known as the ‘revels’, with wild and energetic social dances held late into the night. Guests to the RA’s revelling room can dance to live music and sip wine and cocktails accompanied by live performances by Ceilidh Liberation Front who will lead through 17th century English country dance steps.

Great Hall

Guests are invited to sketch in a life drawing class in a Paper Theatre, hosted by Art Macabre. Models pose under a Palladian arch in masque costumes.

Queen’s Chambers

Create your own Henrietta Maria inspired ruff and bejewelled courtly accessories at this drop in activity produced by artist Neelam Rehman.


Visit the RA’s marketplace for street food, wine, themed cocktails from The Ginistry, Libation Station, Christabel’s Champage Bar, craft beer and Gosnell’s pop up mead bar.

Tickets: £35-75. Includes entry to Charles I: King and Collector (7.30pm – 10.30pm) and access to the curated programme. To book, visit

VIP offer

£75 VIP offer includes:

• A complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.
• Private access to a secret VIP lounge bar with exquisite baroque harp performances by Aileen Henry.
• Exclusive after-hours private curator’s tour of Charles I: King and Collector.

Time: 7pm – 11.45pm.