The Muse


In March 2017 our original drama The Muse was revived at Leighton House, Holland Park to mark the triumphant homecoming of Lord Leighton's masterpiece, Flaming June. With an original score by John Chambers and directed by Nick Barber, The Muse yet again sold out before we opened.

Click here for The British Theatre Guide's review


Click here for production stills of The Muse, 2017


If I Can.


A major National Trust commission, first created for performance at William Morris’ Red House.


Atmospheric, ghostly and unspeakably sad, If I Can is a narrative poem, fusing the extant shards of poetry and prose of those Pre-Raphaelites that built and embellished Red House.


Covering themes of loss and longing in the 1860s, the production is presented through an innovative new form; an audio drama delivered by MP3 player. The audience ranges around this Arts and Crafts gem, free to roam at will, drink in hand.


The property is populated by Palimpsest actors, in character and in costume. You are able to choose whom to follow as their lives spool out; as if the very walls could speak and give up their secrets.


Written by Katherine Tozer with music & sound by John Chambers.


Read the full poem.

Read the reviews.

Playing to the Crowd.

A Palimpsest commission for Dr. Johnson's House. Set in 1756, through theatre, film and online material, Playing to the Crowd explores the combustible relationship between David Garrick, Charlotte Lennox and Dr Johnson, as Samuel prepares to edit his collected works of Shakespeare. Davy's fast-and -loose showman's style coupled with Charlotte's academic dislike of the Bard puts Johnson's rigorous intellectual approach to the test.

Performed throughout 2016 at Dr Johnson's House, The Garrick Club and Blacks Club Soho as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations.

Click here for a wealth of supporting material on Twitter.

Click here to watch David Garrick preparing to play Richard III in his dressing room at Drury Lane.

Click here to view the Playing to the Crowd online material

Click here to read the TLS article about Playing to the Crowd

Click here for production photos and excerpts of Blanche Marvin's glowing review of Playing to the Crowd.

The Muse.

Palimpsest's world premiere of The Muse at Leighton House Museum in March 2015 sold out before we opened. Exploring the relationship between Lord Leighton and his model, muse and confidante, Dorothy Dene, The Muse fused theatre, film and online elements. The play began with a drinks soirée ranging through the glorious salons of Leighton's palace of art and culminated in the artist's studio where Dorothy posed nude in 1886.

Click here for production stills and reviews for The Muse.

Click here to read Pendle Harte's interview with Katherine Tozer for Absolutely magazines

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Our first production, Hedda, was a new adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, told in one hour and fifteen minutes by a company of RSC / NT actors and award-winning director, Patrick Sandford. Hedda completed an extensive tour of beautiful London houses in Spring 2014, including Leighton House, Kenwood House and The Foundling Museum.

Click here to watch Don Boyd's sumptuous film of our production of Hedda filmed for Hibrow at Leighton House.

Click here to read Lyn Gardner's fabulous article about our process in The Guardian.

Click here for Nina Raine's review of Hedda for Harper's Bazaar.

Click here to read Pendle Harte's article about Hedda for Absolutely magazine.

Click here to read Hedda's London diary (1889-1891).

Click here for production photos and reviews for Hedda.

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