Following on from an acclaimed UK tour earlier this year, Antic Disposition will be taking their production of Henry V to eight of the UK’s best cathedrals in the new year, from 2 to 22 February 2017.
Marking the ongoing centenary of the First World War, the company’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s play is set set in a French military hospital in 1915 – 500 years after the Battle of Agincourt – where two groups of wounded soldiers, one French and one British, decide to raise their spirits by staging a production of Henry V.
As the production moves between 1415 and 1915, this latest show from Antic Disposition combines Shakespeare’s historical epic with original songs and live music inspired by the poetry of A E Housman.
Henry V will visit Ripon, Lincoln, Peterborough, Ely and Norwich, as well as Beverley and Southwell Minsters. The tour will also begin and end with four performances in Southwark cathedral right in the heart of London.
Directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero said: “Henry V is a project close to our hearts. In this First World War centenary year, we’re delighted to be sharing the production, and the  company’s work, with new audiences in the north and east of England, and honoured to be performing in some of the most remarkable medieval buildings in the country.”
The performance dates are as follows:
- 2nd – 3rd February Southwark Cathedral, London – 7.30pm
- 7 th – 8th February Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire – 7.30pm
- 9th February Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire – 7.30pm
- 10th – 11th February Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire – 7.30pm
- 13th – 14th February Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire – 7.30pm
- 15th February Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire – 7.30pm
- 16th – 17th February Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire – 7.30pm
- 18th February Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk – 7.30pm
- 21st – 22nd February Southwark Cathedral, London – 7.30pm