Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
In the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s assassination, General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. Having neglected his political duties whilst in Egypt, Antony returns to Rome, to attempt to restore his political position. Torn between his duty to Rome and his devotion to Cleopatra, Antony’s actions spark a war which threatens to destroy their love.
The National Theatre’s autumn blockbuster, receiving multiple four and five star reviews, this production is slick, stylish and modern with a huge revolving set (including a swimming pool on stage), a big supporting cast and gorgeous costumes, and real snakes.
Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
4 stars – The Guardian
Simon Godwin directs a terrific and epic National Theatre production, filled with passion and delusion
4 stars – The Independent
Simon Godwin’s production of the Shakespearean tragedy proves to be an astute and moving work
Running time: TBC
This production is certified as 12A as live.
Show image photograph (Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo) by Jason Bell.
Production images by Johan Persson
“Spectacular. Go and see it. You won’t be sorry”
“An epic production filled with passion”