Macbeth at Temple Church

Monday 29 July 2019

Shakespeare - Shows

A heady brew of greed, murder and dark magic heads to London's atmospheric Temple Church in a bold new production of Shakespeare's Macbeth from Antic Disposition.
Macbeth at Temple Church from Antic Disposition

Image courtesy Antic Disposition

Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition are returning to the wonderfully armospheric Temple Church this summer following sold out, critically acclaimed runs of Romeo and Juliet in 2014, Henry V in 2015 and Richard III in 2017.

This year, the company are offering a bold new production of Shakespeare's Macbeth which will play at Temple Church from 20 August to 7 September 2019.

Located in the secluded heart of London's legal quarter, Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and is one of London's most beautiful and historic buildings.

The church is best known for its unusual round form and stone effigies of medieval knights, and the fact that it became a key location in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

Leading an ensemble of ten talented actors, Harry Anton (Mary Stuart, Almeida; Hedda Gabler, National Theatre; Through the Mill, Southwark Playhouse) and Helen Millar (winner of the Alan Bates Award for most outstanding newcomer) take on the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Completing the cast are Robert Bradley, Peter Collis, Chris Courtenay, Nathan Hamilton, Andrew Hislop, Robyn Holdaway, Bryony Tebbutt and Louise Templeton.

Directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero commented ...

"The extraordinarily atmospheric Temple Church is the perfect setting for a play that combines royal grandeur with supernatural intensity.

Bringing Macbeth to the stage is one of the most exciting challenges we've faced as a company, and we cannot wait for audiences to experience this thrilling site-specific production in one of London's hidden treasures."

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

Recent productions include The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing in Gray's Inn Hall; A Christmas Carol in Middle Temple Hall (which also returns for a fifth season this December) and Henry V, which recently toured twenty of the UK's finest cathedrals marking the centenary of the First World War and Shakespeare400.


Inspired by supernatural promises, a powerful nobleman and his ambitious wife carve a bloody path to the throne of Scotland.

But, as the true horror of their crimes begins to be revealed, both the realm and its rulers are plunged into madness.


Harry Anton

Helen Millar

Robert Bradley

Peter Collis

Chris Courtenay

Nathan Hamilton

Andrew Hislop

Robyn Holdaway

Bryony Tebbutt

Louise Templeton


Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: James Burrows
Director: Ben Horslen and John Risebero
Designer: John Risebero
Fight director: Bethan Clark of Rc-Annie Ltd
Production: Antic Disposition


Temple Church


From: Tuesday 20 August 2019

Closes: Saturday 7 September 2019


Standard: £25 - £40

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