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Antony & Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

Now playing
Running Time: approx. 3hr 30min including interval

Antony & Cleopatra

‘Eternity was in our lips and eyes.’

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple. Simon Godwin (Twelfth NightMan 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

5 star rating

Spectacular tragedy. Go see it. You won’t be sorry.

The Times
5 star rating

Riveting. Both a Roman triumph and an Egyptian feast.

What's On Stage
5 star rating

Simon Godwin’s production is dazzling.

Financial Times
4 star rating

Not to be missed. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo offer blazing star power.

Independent
4 star rating

Simon Godwin directs a terrific and epic production filled with passion.

Guardian
4 star rating

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo have simmering chemistry.

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Rollicking political thriller. Slick, stylish and action-packed.

Time Out
4 star rating

Sophie Okonedo and Ralph Fiennes blaze and break your heart in an impeccable production.

The Stage
4 star rating

Stirring revival of Shakespeare’s epic drama.

Daily Telegraph

Antony & Cleopatra | About the relationship

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Antony & Cleopatra | Rehearsal gallery

Antony & Cleopatra | Trailer

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo

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Cast

Soothsayer
Hiba Elchikhe
Ventidius / Understudy Enobarbus, Lepidus, Euphronius, Canidius
Henry Everett
Antony
Ralph Fiennes
Menas / Understudy Pompey
Gerald Gyimah
Varrius / Understudy Proculeius, Thidias, Scarus, Sicyon Official
Waleed Hammad
Caesar
Tunji Kasim
Iras / Understudy Octavia
Georgia Landers
Enobarbus
Tim McMullan
Octavia
Hannah Morrish
Official from Sicyon / Understudy Agrippa, Charmian, Iras, Soothsayer
Shazia Nicholls
Charmian / Understudy Cleopatra
Gloria Obianyo
Cleopatra
Sophie Okonedo
Euphronius
Nick Sampson
Agrippa
Katy Stephens
Canidius / Understudy Antony
Alan Turkington
Proculeius / Understudy Menas, Eros
Ben Wiggins
Thidias / Understudy Caesar
Sam Woolf
Pompey
Sargon Yelda

Production team

Photography (Sophie Okonedo and Ralph Fiennes) by Jason Bell.

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