The Romans: Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

  • Wednesday, 20th November 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, 22nd November 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 23rd November 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, 27th November 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, 29th November 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 30th November 2013 at 7:30pm

Location: The Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, UK

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Synopsis

Mark Antony is one of the triumvirs, the three joint rulers of the Roman world. Cleopatra, in her Alexandrian palace, is Queen of Egypt. They are infatuated with each other; but Antony leaves Alexandria for Rome when he hears that Fulvia, his wife, has died, and that Sextus Pompeius (Pompey), son of Pompey the Great, has risen against Octavius Caesar.

In Rome (Act II) Antony patches up a quarrel by agreeing to marry Caesar's sister, Octavia; the triumvirs attend a friendly feast in Pompey's galley. Still, Antony will not relinquish Cleopatra; Caesar will not keep the peace with Pompey. Ultimately (Act III), Caesar opposes Antony at Actium, and in the sea-battle Cleopatra's squadron flies. Antony is defeated. He wins a first day of land fighting (Act IV), but on a second day - the enemy's "preparation is by sea" - the Egyptian fleet surrenders.

After hearing a false report of Cleopatra's death, and falling on his sword, Antony is borne, mortally wounded, to Cleopatra in her "monument" (or mausoleum). There he dies. Rather than be taken to Rome as a captive, she has herself arrayed (Act V) in the royal robes and crown of Egypt and dies from the bite of an asp brought to her by a peasant. So she is found with her waiting¬women dead beside her; and Caesar orders, "She shall be buried by her Antony/No grave upon the earth shall clip in it / A pair so famous."

Directed by Peter Finlay

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The characters

Mark Antony - Andy Sugden
Though his vigour remains, he is a great soldier in his autumn. A triumvir ruling Rome.

Octavius Caesar - Maz Clements
Second triumvir, normally played ice-cold.  We shall see!

Lepidus - Roy Foster
Third & weakest triumvir.  Gets rapidly drunk on Pompey’s galley.  Deposed & imprisoned by O. Caesar.

Sextus Pompey - Dave Lobley
Pompey the Great’s younger son, concludes a treaty with the triumvirs before resuming his war.

Domitius Enobarbus - Scott Roche
A blunt soldier who from being Antony’s dearest friend, deserts his cause and dies of a broken heart.  Speaks the renowned description of Cleopatra.

Eros - David Hannginton
Antony’s attendant who commits suicide rather than obey Antony’s command to kill him.

Alexas - John Newell
Cleopatra’s chancellor

Cleopatra - Tracey-Ann Bourne
Queen of Egypt ‘whose every passion fully strives/ To make itself…fair and admired’.

Charmian - Cathy Memery
Waiting woman to Cleopatra. Has the great farewell, ‘Now boast thee death’.

Iras - Amy Wilson
Cleopatra’s second servant, a much smaller part.  Dies of a broken heart.

Octavia - Louise Calton
Caesar’s sister, Antony’s wife, ‘the piece of virtue, which is set/ Between us as the cement of our love’.

Demetrius - Chris Scott
Philo - Julie Carter
Scarus - Chris Stoz
Dercetus - Dave Lobley
Ambassador - Chris Scott
Thidias - Jamie Marks
Gallus - Alex Millbank
Proculeius - Julie Carter
Diomedes - Kim Tobin
Maecenus - Keith Chanter
Agrippa - David Goodger
Dolabella - Megan Terry
Proculeius - Julie Carter
Scarus - Chris Stoz
Dercetus - Dave Lobley
Menas - Chris Stoz
Mardian - Leona Bryceland
A Clown - Jim Carter
Messengers - Abby, Ellie, Alex
Soothsayer - Beryl Foster
Servants - Vanessa, Kim
Soldiers - Vanessa, Kim, Alex

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