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history meme x wilton house,salisbury

Wilton House is an English country house situated at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years.

The first recorded building on the site of Wilton House was a priory founded by King Egbert circa 871. Later, this priory, due to the munificence of King Alfred, was granted lands and manors until it became wealthy and powerful. However, by the time Wilton Abbey was dissolved during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII of England, its prosperity was already on the wane – following the seizure of the abbey, King Henry presented it and the estates to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (in the 1551 creation) in c.1544.

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To mark William Shakespeare’s birthday, here is a reminder of some of his plays staged at the National Theatre.

Hamlet, Peter O’Toole, 1963

As You Like It, Charles Kay and Ronald Pickup, 1967

Much Ado About Nothing, Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon, 1981

Richard III, Ian McKellen, 1990

Henry V, Adrian Lester, 2003

Alls Well That Ends Well, George Rainsford and Oliver Ford Davies, 2009

Twelfth Night, Rebecca Hall, 2011

King Lear, Simon Russell Beale and Adrian Scarborough, 2014

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10 Explores (Scotland)

Western harbour lighthouse, Leith
N Peal factory offices, Hawick
Wright & Jobson Bristol mill, Galashiels
Shrubhill depot, Leith
Wilton mill, Hawick
William Halley & Sons, Jute mill, Dundee
Paton’s mill, Johnstone
Balrossie school, Kilmacolm
Victoria power station, Kirkcaldy
Hartwood asylum, Lanarkshire

“The stand-out performance is Penelope Wilton’s magnificent Gertrude. I have always thought the part underwritten but, by the simple expedient of always living in the moment, Wilton fills in Shakespeare’s gaps. Wilton charts precisely Gertrude’s transition from serene queen to appalled, unwitting accomplice in a royal murder.” - Michael Billington

Penelope Wilton and Jude Law in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ (2009)