Tyrannical Tudors at York Dungeons

Tyrannical Tudors at York Dungeons.
Tyrannical Tudors at York Dungeons.

A new show about the colourful dynasty of the Tudors is coming to York Dungeons on April 4.

Method actor Dan Elmes’ one man show will detail everything Tudor - even their revolting laundry habits.

In the new show, Dan plays ‘John Thomas’, a former launderer of monks’ habits at St Mary’s Abbey – until Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539.

Dan’s character has fallen upon hard times and resorted to begging. The poor man has even lost part of his ear for begging in the wrong places.

Delving into the back story of his character, Dan has been learning a thing or two about Tudor laundry techniques to bring new depths to the role.

He said: “In Tudor times, washing clothes in the River Ouse was a common sight, but there was no fancy washing powder back then; in fact, only the very wealthiest households had early versions of soap, with most people resorting to a revolting mixture of white ash and human urine to remove stains from clothing.

“Homes even had pee-pots outside to collect what was then a valuable commodity from passers-by. For some reason, they believed that four-day-old urine was the best stain remover, so you can imagine the stench as the 16th century washing detergent reached the appropriate level of maturity.”

York Dungeon’s new Tyrannical Tudors show promises to be every bit as entertaining as its other shows bringing York’s 2000-year history back to life – with a 75 minute tour full of actor-led performances, all hilariously funny and full of comical but scary moments, often incorporating members of the audience.

Tickets can be pre-booked now for the Easter holidays, taking advantage of a special saving of £5.90 on normal prices. Early booking offers can be found at www.thedungeons.com/york