by Nicholas Pitts-Tucker
for the High Sheriff of the Shire

The words: The Ballard of Northampton

Tue 11 - Sat 15 February 2020 at 7.30pm (Gala Performance by invitation only on Thu 13 February)
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton NN1 3NL

The story of the last day of the first University of Northampton: April, 1264.

Previewed by John Myhill | director

The Ballad of Northampton, written by Nicholas Pitts-Tucker (for the High Sheriff of the Shire, no less) is actually a masque (short for masquerade), a form of courtly entertainment that according to consists of "pantomime, dancing, dialogue and song".

Not one to risk enraging the trades descriptions act, that is exactly what we will be presenting – in two roughly equal halves, we will have medieval (or pseudo-medieval) poetry and folk songs, followed by the masque itself, which in a very formal and non-naturalistic style tells the story of Northampton’s first university, student riots, rebellious barons and the reason why we were banned from having a university again (until the Privy Council reversed the decision at the end of the 20th Century)!

Luckily we now have a thriving University and our entertainment will be presented in association with them, including an invitation-only gala night for them.

Masque Theatre's production is directed by John Myhill. John has also directed the following productions for Masque: The Duchess of Malfi (2019), Antony & Cleopatra (2017) and Our Town (2015)