Antic Disposition - anniversary show

London theatre news: Monday 16 March 2020

Shakespeare - Shows - Site specific

Antic Disposition will celebrate their 15th anniversary this summer with a restaging of A Midsummer Night's Dream at London's historic Gray's Inn Hall.
A Midsummer NightÕs Dream at Gray's Inn Hall from Antic Disposition

Image courtesy Antic Disposition

Award-winning, site-specific theatre company Antic Disposition are set to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary this summer with a restaging of one of their most popular productions, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed in London's historic Gray's Inn Hall.

The show is slated for performance from 24 August to 5 September, with press night on 26 August.

Renowned for innovative staging of classic plays in unconventional spaces, Antic Disposition will bring Shakespeare's quintessential comedy to life in a riot of madcap comedy, lyrical poetry, evocative music and visual spectacle, creating an enchanting experience for the whole family.

A stone's throw from Holborn and Chancery Lane, the sixteenth-century, wood-paneled Gray's Inn Hall is one of the few remaining original Shakespearean venues, having hosted the first recorded performance of The Comedy of Errors in 1594.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will give audiences the rare opportunity to explore one of London's hidden architectural treasures.

The show is directed by Antic Disposition artistic directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero, who together founded the Peter Brook Award-winning company in 2005.

Their recent joint directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth in Temple Church; The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing in Gray's Inn Hall; Henry V, which toured twenty of the UK's finest cathedrals marking the centenary of the First World War and Shakespeare400; and their own musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which has enjoyed five sell-out seasons in the spectacular Middle Temple Hall.

The directors commented ...

"As a company steeped in site-specific theatre, we can't think of a better way to celebrate Antic Disposition's fifteenth anniversary than by reviving this most popular of plays in an original Shakespearean venue, Gray's Inn Hall.

In Elizabethan days, annual student revels turned the normally respectable Inns of Court into places of laughter and merriment.

Our high-energy production will do the same, unleashing the bohemian magic of the woods into the conventional corridors of the legal quarter."

Before appearing in London, A Midsummer Night's Dream will tour twelve extraordinary open-air locations around the Dordogne and Lot valleys in southwest France from 29 July to 12 August - Antic Disposition's 16th annual tour of the region.

Show listing information


When a handful of humans accidentally stumble into the magical realm of the fairies, the stage is set for a night of comical confusion in the moonlit woods.

Can true love - and a little bit of magic - conjure up a happy ending before the sun rises?

Performed in London's historic Gray's Inn Hall - one of the few remaining original Shakespearean venues - Antic Disposition's A Midsummer Night's Dream combines madcap comedy, lyrical poetry, evocative music and visual spectacle in an enchanting experience for the whole family.


Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Ben Horslen and John Risebero
Designer: John Risebero
Production: Antic Disposition


Gray's Inn Hall
South Square


From: Monday 24 August 2020

Closes: Saturday 5 September 2020


Standard: £40

Concessions: Under 26 £30

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