Antony & Cleopatra
‘Eternity was in our lips and eyes.’
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple. Simon Godwin (Twelfth Night, Man and Superman, The Beaux' Stratagem) directs.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.
In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Politics and passion are violently intertwined in Shakespeare’s gripping tale of power.
Please note: This production features strobe lighting. It also contains a real snake, gunshots and scenes that some people may find distressing; you can find out more in our Help centre.
National Theatre Live broadcast on Thu 6 December
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Production supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen, Mary M. Miner and the Antony & Cleopatra production appeal.
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Talks and events
16 – 21: Staging Epic Stories Wed 10 October, 5pm
Setting the Scene: Antony & Cleopatra Tue 16 Oct, Wed 5 Dec or Thu 10 Jan, 5.30pm
Creative Development: Exploring Tragedy with Simon Godwin Sat 3 and Sun 4 November, 10.15am
Tim McMullan on Playing Enobarbus, Thu 29 November, 6pm
A Short History of the Roman Empire, Fri 7 Dec, 5.30pm
Exploring Antony & Cleopatra at the NT Mon 10 Dec, 10am – 3.30pm, or 11.30am – 5pm
Actors Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo Fri 11 Jan, 3pm
Antony & Cleopatra Student Conference Tue 15 January, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, Wed 16 Jan, 5.30pm