HAMLET Act I Scene 5
Antic Disposition was founded in 2005 by director Ben Horslen and director / designer John Risebero. The award-winning company presents innovative and entertaining interpretations of classic plays and stories, with a particular emphasis on the works of Shakespeare.
Based in London, the company has earned a strong reputation and much critical acclaim for its high quality, visually striking productions presented in historic buildings and unusual non-theatre spaces. Recent productions include The Comedy of Errors in Gray's Inn Hall, location of the play's first recorded performance in 1594; Romeo and Juliet in the 12th-century Temple Church; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest in the spectacular Elizabethan setting of Middle Temple Hall.
Marking the ongoing centenary of the First World War, Antic Disposition’s moving adaptation of Henry V has been presented in France, received two London runs and toured some of the UK’s finest cathedrals and churches, including a very special performance in Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, burial place of William Shakespeare.
The company’s acclaimed musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, performed in Middle Temple Hall for three successive years, has been seen by over 7,000 people and has firmly established itself as one of London’s most magical festive treats. The production returns this December.
Antic Disposition regularly tours its productions abroad, including an annual summer tour of stunning open-air locations around the Lot and Dordogne valleys in southwest France. On the cobblestones of medieval village squares and against a backdrop of vineyards and sunflower fields, the company has presented many of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays to an appreciative international audience.
The company has released two albums, Antic Disposition: Music for Shakespeare and Antic Disposition: Henry V, and was honoured to win the prestigious Peter Brook / Equity Ensemble Award 2014.
Ben read English at Cambridge University.
He founded Antic Disposition with John Risebero in 2005. For the company he has co-directed: The Comedy of Errors (Gray's Inn Hall); Henry V (Middle Temple Hall / Temple Church / French tour / UK Cathedral tour); A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest (Middle Temple Hall); Romeo and Juliet (Temple Church / Jermyn Street / Teatr Elblag, Poland); Much Ado About Nothing, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Richard III (St Stephen’s, Hampstead); The Importance of Being Earnest (Jermyn Street); Twelfth Night (Cochrane / French tour); and The Shakespeare Revue (New End / UK tour).
Other directing credits include: Shakespeare's Kings (French tour); Huis Clos (Nine Circles Festival); The Caucasian Chalk Circle and a new adaptation of The Mystery Plays performed by a cast of 40 (St John-at-Hampstead).
Director / Designer
John trained in Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, graduating with a first class degree.
For Antic Disposition he has co-directed and designed: The Comedy of Errors (Gray's Inn Hall); Henry V (Middle Temple Hall / Temple Church / French tour / UK Cathedral tour); A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest (Middle Temple Hall); Romeo and Juliet (Temple Church / Jermyn Street / Teatr Elblag, Poland); Much Ado About Nothing, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Richard III (St Stephen’s, Hampstead); The Importance of Being Earnest (Jermyn Street); Twelfth Night (Cochrane / French tour); and The Shakespeare Revue (New End / UK tour).
Other design credits include: Carnival of the Animals (Riverside Studios); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ArtsEd); Parade (Southwark Playhouse); The Diary of Anne Frank (Broadway Studio, Catford); Christmas in New York (Prince of Wales / Lyric); Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today (Vaudeville); Closer (ADC, Cambridge); and The Barber of Seville (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House).
John's design for Closer was one of a small number of designs selected to represent Great Britain at the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Stage Design 2003, jointly winning the overall top award, the Golden Triga.
Composer / Musical Director
Over 150 actors have appeared in Antic Disposition's productions since 2005.