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Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

The politically disastrous infatuation with the ‘serpent of Old Nile’ and his awkward, botched death as joint Ruler of the then-known world is Anthony’s tragedy; Cleopatra joins him in death but in a thrillingly beautiful and serene fashion, simultaneously depriving Caesar of his planned triumphant parade of the Queen of Egypt through the streets of Rome.

“Heaven sent casting……”
The Guardian


Ishia Bennison’s Cleopatra “….coquettish, vulnerable, violent and witty…..”

Independent

Barrie Rutter’s Antony “….pulsating and impetuous……”
The Observer

“pomp without pomposity….the style is cheeky and the pace cracking…..a tonic antidote to RSC gravitas.”
Daily Telegraph

“Its pace and rough theatre style seem highly refreshing…
(the production) strips away romantic gloss and grandeur without losing human vigour..”

The Times

“Another demonstration that Northern Broadsides can bring Shakespeare to life as gripping, accessible theatre for today simply by making the words sing.”
The Guardian


“A majestic production…..A right rare, and real, treat.”

The Observer

“A simplicity, directness and house style that does Shakespeare good service.”
Independent on Sunday

“This is the production Peter Brook never achieved….”
The Observer


“Knocking the pomp out of Shakespeare and returning his works to a popular audience.”

Majestic Theatre, Brooklyn

“a startling freshness that makes you reconsider the characters”

“this Cleopatra truly commands through sheer force of a mercurial, erotic temperament that she herself can neither fully understand nor control.”
The New York Times

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