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A royal selection of wives at Hampton Court Palace

Published: Friday 5th of December 2008

London's Hampton Court Palace will see the world's first complete recital of one of the most innovative albums of all time.

On May 1st and 2nd Rick Wakeman will perform his seminal prog rock work The Six Wives of Henry VIII, originally released in 1973.

The album has sold in excess of 15,000,000 copies worldwide but Wakeman will not have performed it in its complete form until this unique concert at one of the city's best-loved attractions.

With each track inspired by one of the famous monarch's womenfolk, the sum of these parts is an epic sonic journey through the imaginative soundscapes and expansive themes that were the trademark of the progressive rock genre in its heyday in the early 1970s.

Hampton Court Palace is currently engaged in a battle against a controversial development project which it says will threaten the integrity of its historic setting.

LondonPass holders can enjoy free entry to Hampton Court Palace, saving £13.30 for adults and £6.65 for children. Plus, pass holders are also entitled to a 20 per cent discount in the Tiltyard Cafe and the Privy Kitchen.

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