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    2009 Season Announcement

    St Stephen’s, Hampstead, which has lain derelict for over thirty years, returns triumphantly to life on 17 March 2009 when burgeoning young theatre company Antic Disposition commences an artistic residency and breathes new life into the building. Following its ?4 million refurbishment, it will reopen with a Second Chances themed season, comprising The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Much Ado About Nothing and A Christmas Carol.

Following its opening production of the CS Lewis classic The Lion, the Witch and the

    Wardrobe from Tuesday 17 March to Saturday 19 April 2009, Antic Disposition will present a brand new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing from Tuesday 23 June

    to Saturday 19 July 2009 and a new musical version of Charles Dickens’ perennially

    popular A Christmas Carol from Tuesday 8 December 2009 to Sunday 3 January 2010.


    Tue 17 March Sat 19 April 2009

    As the Blitz rages in London, four young children are evacuated to a mysterious country house, where they discover an enchanted wardrobe that leads to an adventure in the frozen world of Narnia. Can the children help the great lion Aslan defeat the evil White Witch and break the spell that has held the land locked in winter for a hundred years? Find out in this magical new production of CS Lewis’ enchanting family adventure.

Produced by Antic Disposition, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is directed by Ben

    Horslen and John Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson. It is adapted from the CS Lewis novel by Adrian Mitchell with an original score composed by Shaun Davey and musical direction by Christopher Peake.


    Tue 23 June Sat 19 July 2009

    The war may be over, but the battle of the sexes has only just begun. As peace breaks out, dashing soldier Claudio is quick to propose to the beautiful Hero, but their celebrations are soon threatened by the scandalous rumours spread by the wicked Don John. Will confirmed singletons Beatrice and Benedick stop sniping at each other long enough to save the day and perhaps find love themselves? Antic Disposition presents a new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, a feast of music, romance and verbal jousting that will delight and entertain absolutely anyone who has ever been in love.

Produced by Antic Disposition, Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Ben Horslen and

    John Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson.





    2009 Season Announcement


    Tue 8 Dec 2009 Sun 3 Jan 2010

    On a foggy, freezing Christmas Eve, tight-fisted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. To help Scrooge avoid the ghastly fate that awaits him beyond the grave, Marley arranges for him to be visited by three spirits. But can the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come persuade Scrooge to open his heart to the magic of Christmas before the sun rises? Antic Disposition's magical new musical brings Charles Dickens' much-loved tale to life, accompanied by a memorable medley of seasonal songs and carols.

Produced by Antic Disposition, A Christmas Carol is directed by Ben Horslen and John

    Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson.


    A Brief History

Having been designed by architect Samuel Sanders Teulon (1812 1873), St Stephen’s,

    Hampstead is considered to be one of the finest Victorian churches built in the Gothic style. Built in 1869 and regularly attended by over a thousand parishioners each Sunday, it was closed for worship in 1977, following which it has lain derelict until the present day.

    Original proposals for its future included conversion to luxury flats and demolition to make way for a car park for the adjacent Royal Free Hospital. Whilst fortunately neither plan came to fruition and the building achieved Grade 1 listed status, vandals and squatters moved in and left their mark on the building during the years it stood empty. In 1999, the St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust was awarded a lease to restore the building.


    A Seasonal Theme

    To celebrate the building’s new lease of life, Antic Disposition’s first resident season at St Stephen’s follows a theme of Second Chances. The stories of all three productions

    emphasise the idea that, no matter how bad the crime or how distant hope seems, it’s never too late to change and find happiness. The characters of Edmund in The Lion, the

    Witch and the Wardrobe, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and Scrooge in A Christmas

    Carol, all deserve punishment for their misdeeds but instead find forgiveness and the opportunity of a new life they are given a second chance, just as St Stephen’s has been.





    2009 Season Announcement


    A Brief Background

    Antic Disposition was founded in 2005 by director Ben Horslen and designer John Risebero, with the aim of producing innovative and entertaining theatrical work from a variety of genres. Over the past three years the company has earned a strong reputation for high quality productions of classic plays, including a critically acclaimed production of Richard III, performed in the derelict setting of St Stephen's Hampstead and a sell-out run of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London's West End.

Each August the company produces Festival Shakespeare du Quercy, a celebration of the

    works of Shakespeare, which takes place in open-air locations across the South West of France. For its inaugural season in 2005, Antic Disposition produced The Shakespeare

    Revue, which also toured the UK and played at the New End Theatre in Hampstead. It produced Romeo and Juliet in 2006, Twelfth Night in 2007 and A Midsummer Night's

    Dream in 2008, all of which subsequently appeared at the Cochrane Theatre in London.


; St Stephen’s Hampstead has an impressive list of celebrity patrons who have

    supported the building’s restoration, including Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench,

    Jude Law, Sam Mendes, Nicholas Parsons, Angela Rippon and Andrew Sachs.

; Adrian Mitchell, whose adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will open

    the season, was a stalwart supporter of the building’s restoration and previous

    Hampstead resident. A performance during the run will be dedicated to his memory.


; Press night for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is Friday 20 March at 7.30pm

; Press night for Much Ado About Nothing is Thursday 25 June at 7.30pm

; Press night for A Christmas Carol is Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm

; Family tickets are available for journalists wishing to review The Lion, the Witch and

    the Wardrobe and A Christmas Carol. Both productions are suitable for children over 6.

; Additional tickets are also available for journalists wishing to review Much Ado About

    Nothing with teenage family members. The production is suitable for children over 12.





    2009 Season Announcement


    Antic Disposition presents

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    Tue 17 March - Sun 19 April 2009

    Tue - Fri 19.30, Sat 15.30 & 19.30, Sun 15.30 ?18 / ?14 concessions / ?10 children 12 and under

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Tue 23 June - Sun 19 July 2009

    Tue - Fri 19.30, Sat 15.30 & 19.30, Sun 15.30

    ?16 / ?14 concessions

    A Christmas Carol

    Tue 8 Dec 2009 - Sun 3 Jan 2010

    Tue - Fri 19.30, Sat 15.30 & 19.30, Sun 15.30 ?18 / ?14 concessions / ?10 children 12 and under


    St Stephen’s, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 2PP

    Nearest Tube:

    Belsize Park

    Box Office:

    0871 230 5540 (24 hrs)


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