A Tudor Christmas at the RSC


If you come into the theatre over Christmas you'll be greeted by the festive smell of pine, ivy, holly and mistletoe coming from our display 'kissing boughs'.

This installation is inspired by traditional Christmas decorations, popular in Tudor times. Designed and made by Rebecca Louise Law, A Tudor Christmas combines contemporary techniques with natural foliage including holly, mistletoe and ivy.

These evergreen plants had special significance to the Tudors and were a symbol of everlasting life, good luck and fertility. Every time a kiss was claimed under the bough a berry was removed. The decorations would stay up until Candlemas Eve, 2 February, on which all the foliage would be taken down.

More about the artist
We commissioned Rebecca Louise Law to create the kissing boughs. She is an installation artist who works with natural materials to play with the relationship between the human being and nature.

She is best known for her interactive large scale installations of hanging flowers within site specific spaces. Rebecca is passionate about combining traditional floristry with contemporary installations and bringing old traditions back into the present day.

A Tudor Christmas by Rebecca Louise Law shows in the Colonnade, until Sun 2 February 2014

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