Antic Disposition return to historic Middle Temple with its Christmas Carol classic

David Burt and Richard Dempsey lead the cast of award-winning Antic Disposition’s much-loved musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol which returns to London’s historic Middle Temple Hall this December.

First staged in 2012 – and firmly established as one of London’s most magical festive treats – A Christmas  Carol is performed in the spectacular Tudor setting of Middle Temple Hall, a location well known to author Charles Dickens, who studied law at the ancient institution. 

Antic Disposition’s Ben Horslen and John Risebero, who have adapted the book, told Stage Review: “We are thrilled to be staging A Christmas Carol once again, our first full production since 2019.

“With its  themes of hope and rebirth, and its powerful articulation of the need to protect the most needy and  vulnerable in our society, we think it’s the perfect show with which to return – a hearty dose of Christmas cheer to brighten the gloom of the past couple of years.” 

West End legend David Burt returns to the production for a fifth year with his critically acclaimed  performance as miser Ebenezer Scrooge.

His impressive list of credits include Les Misérables, Evita, Jesus Christ  Superstar and The Woman in White, as well as seasons at the National Theatre and  RSC.

He was nominated for a Best Actor Olivier Award for his performance in the RSC’s The Beggar’s Opera.  

Joining the company is Richard Dempsey, playing Scrooge’s downtrodden employee, Bob Cratchit. Richard’s West End roles include Into the Woods, Fame and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

He has worked extensively with Propeller, the Michael Grandage Company and the RSC. On screen he appeared in the classic BBC series The Chronicles of Narnia and recently featured in Sam Mendes’ award-winning war film, 1917. 

The talented cast of actor-musicians, between them playing over forty characters, also includes Gabriel Akamo, Megan Ashley, Emma Fenney, Lucy Ford, Jack Heydon, Richard Holt, Katie Lovell and Matt Whipps.

Young actors Daniel Lee and Gus Turner share the role of Tiny Tim. 

A Christmas Carol is adapted and directed by Antic Disposition’s Ben Horslen and John Risebero, who together founded the Peter Brook Award-winning company in 2005.

Their acclaimed productions include Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, in Temple Church; The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing in Gray’s Inn Hall; and Henry V, which toured twenty UK cathedrals marking the First World  War centenary. 

The sparkling score is composed and arranged by Nick Barstow, whose recent credits include musical direction and orchestrations for the London production of Rags; musical direction for new productions of Closer Than Ever and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and most recently, orchestrations for the new actor-musician production of The Last Five Years at the Garrick Theatre.

Hidden away in central London between Fleet Street and the Thames, 16th-century Middle Temple Hall has a strong theatrical tradition, having hosted the very first performance of  Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 1602.

Approached through Dickensian cobbled alleyways and atmospheric gas-lit courtyards, the magnificent wood-panelled hall provides the definitive setting for this joyous adaptation of the beloved Christmas classic. 

A Christmas Carol will be performed in Middle Temple Hall from December 22 – 30 December 2021. For more information, visit www.achristmascarol.co.uk 

Running time: 2 hours including one interval. 

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