Beasts of London is a major new experience due to open at The Museum of London in April. The family-friendly event will bring to life the history of animals in the city, told from the unique perspective of the animals themselves.
Created in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the animals will be voiced by some well-known names including Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Bell, and Joe Pasquale.
Brian Blessed (Grampy Rabbit in Peppa Pig, Enormo Dad Eduardo in Henry Hugglemonster for Disney and ‘The Nekross King’ in Wizards v Aliens) will voice the Bacterium, responsible for spreading the plague across London and causing outbreaks such as the Black Death and the Great Plague of the 17th century.
Pam Ferris, (Trunchbull in Matilda and Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), will voice the Eagle who was around during the Roman rule and creation of Londinium. The eagle was a prominent symbol throughout the Roman Empire and this particular character has been inspired by objects in the Museum of London’s permanent collection.
A whole episode in Beasts of London will be dedicated to the hardest working beast in London, the horse, voiced by comedian Nish Kumar as a military horse and actor Stephen Mangan, as Governatore, steed to King Henry VIII.
King of the Jungle Joe Pasquale will play a dormouse, opposite Pam Ferris’s Eagle, who was around in Roman London. Television and radio presenter, Angellica Bell, will voice a rat who was used for entertainment during the times of animal baiting.
Beasts of London will immerse visitors into an interactive animal kingdom where you will be guided by a series of animal narrators on a journey through time, from before the city of London was created through to the present day. Inspired by objects in the museum’s collection, the museum will use video projection mapping, created by the Guildhall School, to highlight the history of animals in the capital.
Further information: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/beastsoflondon
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