The award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition celebrates its 10th anniversary year with two special productions in central London.
The company has been acclaimed for staging visually striking, site-specific productions in spectacular historic buildings, including recent sold-out runs of The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Christmas Carol in Elizabethan Middle Temple Hall, and Romeo and Juliet in the ancient Temple Church.
Now Antic, founded by director Ben Horslen and director/designer John Risebero, is to celebrate the 10th anniversary with a new production of Henry V and a return of an old favourite, A Christmas Carol.
Marking both the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and the ongoing centenary of the First World War, Henry V will be staged in Temple Church from August 24-September 5. Antic is also taking Shakespeare’s most stirring history play on tour this August to Périgord and Quercy, in France.
Performed by a cast of British and French actors led by recent RADA graduate Freddie Stewart in the title role, this uplifting production celebrates the complex historical relationship between the two nations – from the Hundred Years War to the Entente Cordiale.
England’s idealistic army marches to war, certain of a swift and glorious victory. France proudly rallies to defend her borders from invasion. But as nations clash, it is the common soldiers who pay the ultimate price in the bloody mud of the battlefield.
Located in the secluded and tranquil heart of London’s legal quarter between Fleet Street and the River Thames, Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th-century and is one of London’s most beautiful and historic buildings.
Following sell-out seasons in 2012 and 2014, the company’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens festive classic, A Christmas Carol, (read our 2014 review bit.ly/1wh4QFj) returns to the spectacular Elizabethan setting of Middle Temple Hall from December 22-30.