21:00, Fri 11th October 2019 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
13:45, Sun 13th October 2019 at The Old Vic
21:30, Tue 15th October 2019 at Royal Opera House, London
20:15, Thu 17th October 2019 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
20:45, Sun 20th October 2019 at Globe Theatre, London
20:15, Wed 23rd October 2019 at Royal Opera House, London
20:45, Thu 24th October 2019 at Haymarket Theatre
19:45, Sun 27th October 2019 at Random Venue 15
19:15, Mon 28th October 2019 at Noël Coward Theatre
20:00, Thu 31st October 2019 at Haymarket Theatre
Michaelmas Week 0 to Week 3
Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic. The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony's fellow triumviri and the future first emperor of Rome. The tragedy is a Roman play characterised by swift, panoramic shifts in geographical locations and in registers, alternating between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and the more pragmatic, austere Rome.
Many consider the role of Cleopatra in this play one of the most complex female roles in Shakespeare's work. She is frequently vain and histrionic, provoking an audience almost to scorn; at the same time, Shakespeare's efforts invest both her and Antony with tragic grandeur. These contradictory features have led to famously divided critical responses.