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Antony & Cleopatra
BUY TICKETS 3pm Sunday 28 May
PLAY broadcast AS LIVE from the Royal Shakespeare Company (recorded live on 24 May 2017)
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy, which picks up the story where Julius Caesar ends, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello and Much Ado About Nothing.
Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.
Everything comes down to the two leads. Simon seems born to play Cleopatra and she gives us a hypnotically mercurial figure whose eroticism is expressed through a permanent restlessness. For my money, she puts on too many different voices … But Simon is excellent in the closing passages suggesting that Cleopatra is living out a fantasy of an idealised Antony. The point is underlined by having Anthony Byrne play her Roman lover as an “old ruffian” who seems more at home in the barrack room than the boudoir and as much attached to Woodall’s soldierly Enobarbus as to his temperamental queen. Michael Billington, The Guardian
Tickets: Full £19 Adult concessions £17 18 & under £10
Running time: To be confirmed
Doors open: 2.30pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.