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Antic Disposition presents: A Christmas Carol at Middle Temple Hall

A Christmas Carol - photo Scott Rylander
A Christmas Carol – photo Scott Rylander

Following three sell-out seasons in 2012, 2014 and 2015, Antic Disposition’s much-loved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive classic A Christmas Carol returns to the spectacular Elizabethan setting of Middle Temple Hall this December.

A joyous celebration of the festive season, Antic Disposition’s A Christmas Carol combines the ghostly tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge with a score of original songs inspired by the carols of a traditional Victorian Christmas. Newly expanded for 2017 for a talented company of actor-musicians, the production has already been seen by over 7,000 people and is firmly established as one of London’s most magical Christmas treats.

A Christmas Carol will be performed in the highly atmospheric 16th-century Middle Temple Hall, a location well known to Dickens himself, who studied law at the ancient institution. Hidden away between Fleet Street and the River Thames, the stunning hall was completed in 1573 and remains virtually unchanged to this day. With its cobbled alleyways and gas-lit courtyards, a visit to the Middle Temple is a journey into the London that Dickens himself knew, creating the perfect backdrop for this unique interpretation of his much-loved Christmas classic.

The historic hall will be decked for the occasion with boughs of holly, mulled wine, mince pies and other traditional festive fare which will add to the Yuletide cheer. Directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero comment, After a busy couple of years touring cathedrals around the country with our productions of Henry V and Richard III, we’re delighted to be returning to one of our very favourite venues, the beautiful Middle Temple Hall, for our fourth season of A Christmas Carol. Experiencing Dickens’ timeless tale in this amazing space is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season, and we look forward to sharing our production and raising a glass of mulled wine with audiences old and new.

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 The Comedy of Errors in Gray’s Inn Hall, Richard III and Romeo and Juliet in the ancient Temple Church, and Henry V, which recently toured twelve UK cathedrals marking the centenary of the First World War and Shakespeare400.

Based on the novella by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol has a book and lyrics by Ben Horslen and John Risebero, and music by Nick Barstow. A Christmas Carol is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero, who also designs. The cast is yet to be announced.

Antic Disposition presents: A Christmas Carol
Dates Friday 22nd – Saturday 30th December 2017

Daily 3pm and 7.30pm, 11am and 3pm on 24th December
No performances on 25th or 26th December
Running time 2 hours (including an interval)


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