the magical statues of Hampton Court
The magical beasts of Hampton Court Palace
The King's beasts of Hampton Court
Out in the park, the Warden made his way home from Mr. Davie’s party. Hidden by the trees he stopped and waited, hoping to see the marvellous, sparkling creatures running free across the grass.
Hector's Midsummer Madness    Jo Rutherford 2010
The myth and magic of Hampton Court

"They do say that Shakespeare came to Hampton Court on Midsummer's Eve to see the magical statues come to life, but because the event is a very private affair, he did not see the magic, and so instead wrote Midsummer Night's Dream"


Summer visitors to the Park watch the Shakespeare play Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy telling how the Queen of the Fairies fell in love with a donkey.  Humphrey the Lord of the Hampton deer and Head of the Herd finds the play absolutely ridiculous.  He stamps his hoof during the performance and bellows loudly, "The queen of the fairies would never fall in love with an old donkey, not when the park is so full of such handsome deer with such magnificent crowns of horns."

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The King's Beasts, the magical creatures of Hampton Court Palace who come to life once a year on Midsummer's Eve

The Crowned Lion of England

The Tudor Dragon

The King’s Crowned LionThe Royal Dragon
The Seymour UnicornThe Richmond Greyhound
The Seymour UnicornThe Richmond Greyhound
The Seymour PantherThe Beaufort Yale
The Mortimer PantherThe Beaufort Yale
The Royal DragonBlack Bull of Clarence
The Tudor DragonThe Clarence Black Bull
The Mortimer PantherMortimer Lion
The Seymour PantherThe Mortimer Lion

Did Shakespeare visit Hampton Court

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