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‘ 1599 – A True Story of the Elizabethan Court ’
An authentic period docudrama narrated by Christopher Eccleston and presented by Clare McGlinn (all net profit to charity)


Interim 2 minute trailer (you may need to click three times if using flashblock, etc.):


‘1599’ is now available on Amazon

The DVD+CD set is now in stock at Amazon UK. This link 1599 - A True Story of the Elizabethan Court will take you to the product page (and may give us a referral). Please contact us directly for bulk orders: email .

We have begun sending out the DVD+CD sets to our members (many trips to the post office, please bear with us). More updates soon.


‘1599’ is now officially launched!!

The premiere at the Three Minute Theatre in Manchester city centre on Thursday (9 June) as part of the Manchester Histories Festival went really well. A big thanks to everyone who came along. We had good attendance (the event was oversubscribed) – including Clare McGlinn, our presenter. 13 members of the association were present – and are in the photo below. A special thanks to Catherine Peach, our Histories Festival volunteer, who was extremely helpful on the organisational side.

1599 members at 3MT Clare, Paul, Patrick, Will, Yolanda, Jason, Elia, George, Judith, Claire, Jim, Kim and Peter


1599 stall at MHFWe also had a stall at the Histories’ Celebration Day event at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday (11 June), which attracted a good deal of interest.

We will shortly be sending out DVD/CD sets to our members and will post another update as soon as our Amazon product page is ready!


Launch/Premiere: Thursday 9 June at 7.30pm at The Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

We are delighted to announce the premiere of '1599' and the launch of the DVD/CD as part of the Manchester Histories Festival. The Three Minute Theatre is centrally located in Afflecks Arcade, just off Piccadilly (and will be hosting an ‘Elizabethan Week’, featuring the film). DVD/CD sets will be available on the night and at the Histories' ‘Celebration Day’ in Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 11 June (and later at selected outlets/via Amazon).

The premiere is a free event (donations welcome) and seats can be booked via Eventbrite:
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Update, December 2015

DVD/CD Manufacture expected February 2016

We are now in the final stage of post production – the main visual effects tasks are completed and we have audio ‘premixes’ for all 34 sections. After final colour grading, final audio mix and disc authoring, we expect to have the DVD/CD sent off for manufacture in late January, ready for a February launch.


Update, June 2015

Interest has been shown in the DVD as a resource for a new GCSE ‘Elizabethans’ British Depth Study topic which will be run by two out of the three exam boards (OCR and AQA) starting in 2016. Claire, our producer, will be presenting the film, along with a ‘1599’ education pack, at the Schools History Project Conference in Leeds on 10th and 11th July.


Update, October 2014

Work is still underway on the final stages of post-production (audio and visual effects). We have had some delays but work is back on track now. Most of the other tasks have been completed or largely completed, including all the edits, cover graphics, acquisition of image rights, etc.. As ever, we are striving to complete the film to a reasonable post-production standard and, with such a large voluntary project, this is taking some time. Thanks for bearing with us and we look forward to sending out the manufactured discs.


June 2011

Thank you

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the screening of the interim version of the film at the Green Room on the 18th of May. The evening appears to have been a success ? with plenty of positive feedback.


March 2011

PREVIEW SCREENING (interim version) Wednesday 18th May 2011
at the Green Room theatre, Manchester
6.30pm for 7.00pm screening

The main film (approximate duration: 80 mins) will be screened at 7.00pm. This will be followed (after an interval) by a question and answer session. Extended versions of the documentary interviews will be screened after a further interval. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion in the bar area, where drinks will be on sale (with further seating on the mezzanine floor upstairs).

Many thanks to the Green Room for hosting this event.

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1599 Productions Association is a non-profit voluntary association.
All members are unpaid. Net profits go to local charities.