16 May 2020


Dear Friends,


‘To be or not to be, that is the question…’


Hamlet’s existential musing has been occupying our minds here at Antic Disposition these past few months, as society has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. We have been hoping against hope that some miracle improvement might make it possible to proceed with our planned summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, it’s now clear that social distancing is going to be a way of life for some time to come, which means that – with the heaviest of hearts – we have decided to cancel the production.


For those of you who have already bought seats, please rest assured that TicketSource will be in touch very soon to arrange a refund.


This will be the first time in the company’s fifteen-year history that we won’t make our annual tour of the Lot and Dordogne valleys, and the first year that we haven’t staged a show in our native London. As heartbreaking as it is to face that now, we hope to be back next year, when it’s safe for us all to be together again. In the meantime, though, like many small arts organisations, we face a very tough year ahead.


Antic Disposition is an independent theatre company. We receive no public funding and rely almost exclusively on ticket sales income to keep the company going.


And so, in these extraordinary times, we need your help.


We would be incredibly grateful if those of you receiving ticket refunds would consider donating that refund back to us via the link below. If those of you yet to buy tickets were able to donate some or all of what you would have spent, that would be equally amazing. Or if you have been considering becoming a long-term sponsor of the company, now more than ever we would love to hear from you.


We understand that many of you face your own financial and emotional challenges right now, and that this kind of generosity will not be possible for everyone. But if you can help, it could make all the difference for Antic Disposition, our work and our plans for the future.


Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support. The loyalty and engagement of our audience is one of the most magical things about running the company. To paraphrase Cassius in Julius Caesar, ‘when we do meet again, we’ll smile indeed’ – until then, stay well and stay safe.


Best wishes,


John Risebero and Ben Horslen

Directors, Antic Disposition