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Alliance, The

Synopsis
Eighth episode of a nine-part BBC television series comprising three of Shakespeare’s Roman plays - Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra.
This episode covers Antony and Cleopatra, Act 2-4.
Series
Spread of the Eagle, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Recording date
3 May 1963
Transmission details
21 Jun 1963 at 21:25 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
50 mins

Credits

Director
Peter Dews
Producer
Peter Dews
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Christopher Whelen
Costume
Elizabeth Agombar
Art Direction
Clifford Hatts
Choreographer
Geraldine Stevenson
Cast
Keith MichellMark Antony
Mary MorrisCleopatra
David WilliamOctavius Caesar
Jerome WillisSextus Pompey
George SelwayEnobarbus
Alan RoweAgrippa
Barry Jackson 
Bernard Finch 
Bernard LloydScarus
Brian OultonLepidus
Caroline Stephens 
Charles LaurenceThidias
David King (2)Ambassador
David WestonCanidius (Canidius)
Geoffrey HinsliffMenas
Hilary Wright 
Hugh DicksonMessenger
Jill DixonCharmian
John BarcroftAlexas
John GayMaecenas
John GreenwoodServant
Leonard Cracknell 
Lucy YoungIras
Marion Desmond 
Nancie JacksonOctavia
Pamela Craig 
Paul Bailey 
Paul Harris (2)Taurus
Paul Webster 
Raymond Clarke 
Roger CroucherDolabella
Roy Herrick 
Terry WaleEros
Wendy Varnals 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
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Notes

Notes
A VHS viewing copy of this episode is available at the BFI National Archive.
General
The title for the series, according to director Peter Dews, alludes to the Roman eagle, "aloof, golden, and cruel" (Radio Times, 25 April 1963: 49).
With a cast of 76 actors, the entire production incurred expenses of more than £9.000.
Reviews
"Continuity Problem of New B.B.C. Shakespeare Series," The Times, 4 May 1963: 5.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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