Antic Dispo Richard III cathedral tour visits king in Leicester

Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition is taking its thrilling new production of Shakespeare’s Richard III on a tour of the country’s cathedrals this summer.

This darkly comic drama will be staged in six of England’s most historic cathedrals and London’s ancient Temple Church and will include two special performances in Leicester Cathedral.

It will be the first production of Richard III to be performed in the building since the king’s remains were discovered buried under a nearby car park and re-interred in the Cathedral in 2015.

Antic Dispo’s Richard III also visits Ely, Peterborough, Gloucester, Bristol and Salisbury Cathedrals.

The Wars of the Roses are over and King Edward IV rules England. But his brother, Richard, is in no mood to celebrate. With murder, deceit and dark humour as his weapons, Richard overcomes friends and foes alike to seize the crown.

But as the body count rises, he soon learns that a throne founded on blood offers little security.

Richard III finishes its tour at Temple Church in London for a run of 15 performances.

Directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero said: “After two sell-out cathedral tours with our First World War Henry V, we are delighted to be returning to these spectacular venues with a modern updating of Richard III.

“The historical Richard had his reputation trashed by his Tudor successors, and Shakespeare’s play is packed with ‘alternative facts’ designed to portray the king as a villain.

“By bringing our production to Leicester Cathedral, the king’s final resting place, we hope to entertain the audience with Shakespeare’s version of his story, while encouraging them to look beyond it at the more nuanced assessment of Richard that is now emerging”.

Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition, founded by director Ben Horslen and director/designer John Risebero, is best known for presenting innovative and visually striking productions of classic plays and stories in spectacular historic buildings.

Past productions include A Christmas Carol in Middle Temple Hall, The Comedy of Errors in Gray’s Inn Hall and Henry V, which recently toured 12 UK cathedrals marking the centenary of the First World War and Shakespeare400.


July 14/15, Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
July 17/18, Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
July 19/20, Leicester Cathedral, Leicestershire
July 21/22, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire
July 24/25, Bristol Cathedral, Bristol
July 27/28, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire
August 22 – September 9, Temple Church, London.

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