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The Rover - Hampton Court Palace

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A BOLD new promenade production of the 17th century Restoration comedy The Rover, by the first female playwright Aphra Behn, is being staged in the Baroque Apartments of Hampton Court Palace from Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8 2012.

Presented in conjunction with the Palace’s The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned exhibition, and with a cast of 28, the action in The Rover moves through the majestic Baroque apartments and gardens, drawing the audience into a world of beauty, sensuality and danger.

Hugely popular in its day, The Rover depicts a shocking world of unimaginable pleasures, sometimes bought at a terrible price.

Amy Hodge directs a cast that includes Chloe Pirrie, Clare Perkins, Beatriz Romilly, Daniel Weyman, Paul Albertson, Carl Prekopp, Nadia Cameron Blakey and David Ricardo-Pearce.

Amy Hodge, recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award 2007, directed a highly acclaimed production of Winsome Pinnock’s Mules at The Young Vic. From 2008 – 2011, she was Associate Director at The Sherman, the main producing house in Cardiff, where she radically reshaped the literary work and the artistic output – residing over a period of 18 months of site specific work while the building was redeveloped and directing six critically acclaimed productions.

The Rover will be designed by takis, who has worked on 80 productions worldwide in various indoor and outdoor venues. From 2007 – 2011, as Designer in Residence for HighTide, he built the visual identity of the company, designing diverse productions to great acclaim. They include the very successful Stovepipe in collaboration with the National Theatre (Off West End Design nomination), Ditch with the Old Vic and Lidless (Fringe First Award winner in Edinburgh Festival 2010).

takis is also the artistic director of his own company called ARTLUXE, which produces installation and performance art.

Produced by ARTLUXE, The Rover has lighting design by Lee Curran, sound and music by Tom Gibbons and choreography by Raquel Meseguer. Associate director is Elgivia Field, fight director Bret Yount and historical consultant Professor Thomas Betteridge.

Tickets: £20, £12 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 482 7777 or online at

Time: 7.30pm.