Award-winning Antic Disposition’s critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Henry V is to return for a special season that ends with a performance over the bones of England’s greatest playwright.
Henry V takes up arms once again for a brief run in historic Middle Temple Hall, London, before touring the UK this spring with site-specific performances in nine of the country’s most beautiful cathedrals, abbeys and priories. The tour ends with a special performance in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried – his tomb providing a magnificent backdrop to the production.
Presented in association with Shakespeare400, the production marks both the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616 and the centenary of the Battle of the Somme three hundred years later.
The production, set during the First World War, will play 12 performances in the spectacular Elizabethan setting of Middle Temple Hall and then play in the cathedrals of Winchester, Salisbury, Bristol, Gloucester and Worcester, as well as Christchurch Priory and Sherborne Abbey.
Set in a French military hospital in 1915, this re-imagining of Henry V combines Shakespeare’s epic history play with original songs and live music inspired by the poetry of AE Housman.
Performed by a talented international cast of British and French actors, the production celebrates the rich and turbulent relationship between the two nations, from the Hundred Years War to the Entente Cordiale (read Stage Review’s four-star verdict bit.ly/1UaNWoV).
Recent RADA graduate Freddie Stewart reprises his remarkable performance in the title role. Joining him, among others, are Floriane Andersen, Louis Bernard, Maurice Byrne, Marius Hesper, Andrew Lewis, James Murfitt, Dean Riley and Louise Templeton.
Antic Disposition, founded by director Ben Horslen and director/designer John Risebero, has won critical acclaim for staging visually striking productions in spectacular historic buildings. The company triumphed at the 2014 Peter Brook/Empty Space Awards, winning the Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award.
Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.
Henry V Tour dates
March 26-April 6, Middle Temple Hall, London April 18-19, Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire April 20, Christchurch Priory April 21-22, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire April 23, Sherborne Abbey April 25-26, Bristol Cathedral April 27, Gloucester Cathedral April 28, Worcester Cathedral April 29, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon.