Lincoln Cathedral is soon to host the award-winning London theatre company Antic Disposition’s retelling of Henry V as a play within a play.
The production company is well-known for using historical sites as the stage for their own interpretations of famous Shakespearean plays and has previously won the Peter Brook / Equity Ensemble Award in 2014.
The company has chosen to include Lincoln Cathedral as part of an eight stop tour across the country this month after two successful runs in London.
This particular interpretation is to mark the ongoing centenary of the First World War.
This includes a re-imagining of the plays’ setting to a French military hospital in 1915 where two groups of soldiers decide to cheer themselves up by staging a production of Henry V.
John Risebero, director and co-founder of Antic Disposition, said: “Lincoln Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country and we are very keen to include it in our tour. As you can imagine, favouring historical sites over the traditional theatres does have its challenges but it provides an incredible atmosphere that you just can’t recreate in a normal stage setting.”
When discussing the challenges they have faced, John said: “The main challenge we face is that cathedrals are not designed for spoken word and the acoustics are very different. Often we find that actors struggle to adjust.”
This is not the first time Lincoln Cathedral has staged a play with sell-out runs of Jesus Christ Superstar in August last year.
The play will take place on the 13th and 14th of February at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Antic Disposition website or to book by phone please call 0333 666 3366 (this includes a £1.50 booking fee).