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Antony and Cleopatra

Synopsis
Television presentation of the Royal Shakespeare’s Company’s 1972 stage production directed for the theatre by Trevor Nunn. Shot almost entirely in close-up, and scaled down for the small screen, the production was possibly the first UK television version to make full use of and explore the medium.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1974
Transmission details
28 Jul 1972 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
162 mins

Credits

Director
Jon Scofield; Trevor Nunn
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Art Direction
Michael Bailey
Cast
Richard JohnsonMark Antony
Janet SuzmanCleopatra
Corin RedgraveOctavius Caesar
Patrick StewartEnobarbus
Ben KingsleyThidias
Christopher JenkinsonSilius
Constantin de GoguelVentidius
Darien AngadiAlexas
Desmond StokesTaurus
Geoffrey HutchingsFig seller
Joe MarcellEros
John BottSoothsayer
Jonathan HoltDercetus
Loftus BurtonDiomedes
Martin MilmanDolabella
Mavis Taylor BlakeIras
Morgan SheppardScarus
Philip LockeAgrippa
Rosemary McHaleCharmian
Sidney LivingstoneMardian
Thomas ChesleighGallus
Tim Pigott-SmithProculeius
Tony OsobaServant

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Ancient Rome
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Essential Shakespeare Live, The

Notes

Notes
Clips from the production may be seen by visiting http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/527270/index.html (accessed 11/2008).

Available from amazon.ca on NTSC, Region 1 only (11/2008).
History
Transmitted in the USA on ABC 4 January 1975.
Awards
Patrick Stewart won an Olivier Award - Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Enobarbus.
Reviews
Robert Speight ‘Shakespeare in Britain’ Shakespeare Quarterly 23 (Fall 1972).

Production Company

Name

ATV

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.
Name

Retail outlets

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