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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra (Play) production archive for QTIX code T0437900213. Details of all Antony and Cleopatra archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2359

Archive Listings

13 Jan 00
  to
6 Apr 00
Barbican Centre
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive

Details

Antony and Cleopatra archiveAntony and Cleopatra tells of the overwhelming passions of two magnetic personalities who hold the destiny of a third of the world in their hands. Antony is a warrior and a lover, torn between his military duties and the erotic charms of the sensuous Egyptian court. At the heart is Cleopatra. "Serpent of old Nile", storym and unpredictable. Their love eventually triumphs with their noble deaths, but not before all else is lost.

Cast/Performers

Alan Bates (Antony), Frances de la Tour (Cleopatra), Antony Byrne (Agrippa), Henry Ian Cusick (Pompey), Hermione Gulliford (Iras), Guy Henry (Octavius Caesar), Rachel Joyce (Charmain), Aidan McArdle (Alexas / Thidias), Malcolm Storry (Enobarbus), Sarah Walton (Octavia)

Creatives/Company

Author: Shakespeare
Company: Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
Director: Steven Pimloitt
Design: Yolanda Sonnabend
Music: Jason Carr
Lighting: Hugh Vanstone
Sound: Andrea J Cox
Choreographer: Sue Lefton

Reviews

Reviews


Evening Standard: 11Jan01: Star RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Pimlott's torpid production misses the play's hurtling momentum. It ignores the play's crucial sense of lovers so smitten by passion that it loses them reason, empires, alliances and life itself. Alan Bates has long specialised in giving good irony and Miss de la Tour is admired for her brilliant line in camp mockery and hauteur. So this mercurial Cleopatra, all dressed up in gold, azure blue and blazing temperament relishes and conveys the queen's wit - and more. The play's political aspects are still faint-heartedly done. Only Guy Henry's threatening Octavius keeps up the political edge. It is Malcolm Storry's self-serving Enobarbus, racked by self-disgust, who sounds the most heartfelt notes in this perverse production.

User Reviews

Evening Standard (11Jan01): Pimlott's torpid production misses the play's hurtling momentum. It ignores the play's crucial sense of lovers so smitten by passion that it loses them reason, empires, alliances and life itself. Alan Bates has long specialised in giving good irony and Miss de la Tour is admired for her brilliant line in camp mockery and hauteur. So this mercurial Cleopatra, all dressed up in gold, azure blue and blazing temperament relishes and conveys the queen's wit - and more. The play's political aspects are still faint-heartedly done. Only Guy Henry's threatening Octavius keeps up the political edge. It is Malcolm Storry's self-serving Enobarbus, racked by self-disgust, who sounds the most heartfelt notes in this perverse production.
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