The King comes to Ordsall

by | 15 November 2019 | Performing Arts, Retford

The year is 1544 and King Henry, the eighth of that name, is engaged upon his ‘Royal Progress’ and is planning to halt in Ordsall on Sunday 17th November, to afford his loyal subjects to have audience with their Sovereign.

His Majesty is in poor health, recently married to his sixth wife, Queen Catherine Parr. His leg continues to cause him pain and he is often in poor humour. During the course of the Audience, His Majesty will reflect upon the events of his long reign; telling of his wives and children. You, his loyal subjects will be invited to petition him on any related subject. There may be some surprising answers!

John White is a historical performer and a member of The Select Society ‘The Past Recaptured’. Resplendent in his regalia, meticulously copied from Holbein’s notable portrait he will cut a fine figure. Visit The Audience is scheduled to start at 7.30pm on Sunday 17th November in Ordsall Parish Hall, Church Lane DN22 7TU. His subjects will be offered hot refreshment of the period as part of their tickets which are obtainable at £13.00 per adult and £7.00 per child (16 and under) from Peter on 01777 706433 or by emailing
There will be a licensed bar selling a range of wines and ale, although mead may be in short supply.