The whistle of rockets, explosions of colour and crackle of flames on Bonfire Night never fail to captivate children and adults. But few give much consideration to the 1605 gunpowder plot that is commemorated each year on 5 November.
A visitor attraction incorporating live theatre, virtual reality and multisensory special effects intends to change that when it opens in the vaults opposite the Tower of London next year.
The Gunpowder Plot tells the story of Guy Fawkes and the audacious plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I and his government to further the conspirators’ goal of restoring a Catholic monarchy.
The plot was foiled and Fawkes and his fellow plotters were found guilty of high treason and sentenced to death. In 1606, an act of parliament designated 5 November as a day of thanksgiving.
The vaults, last accessible to the public two decades ago, are the scene for an immersive experience created by Historic Royal Palaces…