Spectacular designs inspired by angelic art

Angels on High will watch over visitors experiencing the North Yorkshire stately homes elaborate Christmas decorations.
Angels on High will watch over visitors experiencing the North Yorkshire stately homes elaborate Christmas decorations.

Angelic imagery found in historic artworks will provide heavenly inspiration for this year’s festive spectacular at Castle Howard.

‘Angels on High’ will watch over visitors experiencing at the stately home’s elaborate Christmas decorations.

Bringing the angelic theatre to Castle Howard are creative producer and co-director of Oxford Shakespeare Company and Lamplighter Drama, Charlotte Lloyd Webber, and award-winning Canadian theatre designer, Bretta Gerecke.

They will join the Howard family and site team to transform the house into a remarkable Christmas experience that feels like a theatre performance – but without live performers.

The elaborate Christmas decorations are part of a packed programme of seasonal activities at the popular attraction, which have been planned for 12 months.

Charlotte said: “As a theatre practitioner, the idea of a house that’s built on theatre, as this was, by playwright and dramatist, Vanbrugh, is totally fascinating. It’s a bit like theatre made stone.”

Bretta said: “We want visitors to walk through the spaces and feel that they are familiar and beautiful and respectful of the house, but also a bit magical, infused with our own new offerings for Christmas.

We want them to leave feeling an uplifting sense of thrill, even more engaged with this beautiful house, and seeing it anew.”

Hon Nicholas Howard said: “Castle Howard has a long reputation for having the most elaborate and extensive Christmas decorations in Yorkshire, and dressing a property of this size is a huge undertaking, so we are delighted to have Charlotte and Bretta leading the team this year.

“Their understanding of the architectural drama within the house has enabled them to develop this unique theme that will connect every room in such a beautiful way,”