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National Theatre at Home: Antony & Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

7 May to 14 May 2020
Running Time: 3 hour 10 mins with a very short interval. BBFC rating 12A

5 star rating

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo dazzle.

Financial Times
5 star rating

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

The Times
5 star rating

An outstanding production. Brings the play to life in new ways.

5 star rating

Riveting. Both a Roman triumph and an Egyptian feast.


National Theatre at Home: Antony & Cleopatra

Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, James Bond: Spectre) and Sophie Okonedo (Chimerica, Hotel Rwanda) play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

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. 

Simon Godwin (Hansard, Twelfth Night) directed this critically acclaimed production at the National Theatre in 2018. You can watch Antony & Cleopatra on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel from 7pm UK time on Thursday 7 May for one week.

This filmed performance was given a BBFC rating of 12A and contains some staged violence and flashing lights. 

Antony & Cleopatra is now streaming on National Theatre at Home


We’re all about experiencing theatre together.

At a time when many theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to bring you National Theatre at Home.

Antony & Cleopatra was streamed on YouTube from 7pm UK time, on 7 May, until 7pm on Thursday14 May.

Some of the best British theatre was free to watch from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube, with each title available for one week.

Thank you to all the amazing artists who have allowed us to share Antony & Cleopatra in this way, during a time when many theatre fans aren’t able to visit their local theatre. 

The original production was supported by Areté Foundation/ Betsy & Ed Cohen, Mary M. Miner, Leila Maw Straus, Shawn M. Donnelley & Christopher M. Kelly, Monca Gerard-Sharp, and the Antony & Cleopatra production appeal. 

Antony & Cleopatra: Dressing a Queen

Go behind the scenes with Costume Designer Evie Gurney to see how the costumes for Antony & Cleopatra were created.

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Photo by Johan Persson