THE tomb of Richard III includes interactive features, holograms and the music of Rick Wakeman.
Leicester Cathedral unveiled the tomb promising a ‘fully immersive experience that will take you inside the mind of the controversial king – accompanied by an epic, prog rock soundtrack’.
The area around the tomb has pressure pads which activate a series of sound and light presentations depicting key moments from the king’s life, along with a series of thunderous, intricate keyboard riffs which the Bishop of Leicester described as ‘classic Wakeman, at the top of his game’.
Stepping closer to the tomb activates a hologram above the stone slab showing great actors portraying Shakespeare’s Richard III, followed by a short lecture from historian Dan Snow about how Shakespeare was ‘a tosspot’.
A series of holograms then appear in sequence around the tomb, showing the king’s bones coming together before the completed skeleton sits at a drum kit and accompanies Wakeman as the music reaches a monumental climax.
The presentation finishes with a giant revolving hologram of King Richard’s cackling skull, the eye sockets filled with bright red flames.
The Bishop of Leicester added: “We have one goal – to blow your mind.”