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Antony and Cleopatra

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1982 studio production of Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Adrian Noble with Michael Gambon as Antony and Helen Mirren as Cleopatra.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
6 Jul 1983
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Adrian Noble
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
George Fenton
Production Design
Nadine Baylis
Cast
Michael GambonMark Antony
Helen MirrenCleopatra
Jonathan HydeOctavius Caesar
Clive WoodSextus Pompey
Bob PeckEnobarbus
Albie WoodingtonDiomedes
Albie WoodingtonVarrius
Clive WoodDolabella
David GloverMaecenas
David GloverAmbassador
David TroughtonScarus
David TroughtonClown
David TroughtonSoothsayer
Josette SimonIras
Ken BonesAlexas
Ken BonesThidias
Michael FitzgeraldMardian
Niall PaddenTaurus
Niall PaddenMenas
Nigel HarrisonSeleucus
Nigel HarrisonCanidius
Paul WebsterSoldier
Paul WebsterLepidus
Paul WebsterProculeius
Penelope BeaumontOctavia
Phillip WalshMenecrates
Phillip WalshDercetus
Sorcha CusackCharmian
Tom MannionEros

Additional Details

Theatre
Pit, Barbican
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Ancient Rome
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
"The monotone starkness of Stratford is to be replaced by a uniform black, against which the action in Rome and Egypt, played without fanfares and scene changes, is given only lighting for contrast; the costumes remain almost brutally functional models of robe and uniform." Richard Ingram, The Guardian, (2 April 83).
General
Helen Mirren reprised the role of Cleopatra for the National Theatre in 1998 in a production directed by Sean Mathias.
History
The production opened at The Other Place in 1982. Press night at the Pit was 12 April 1983 and it is from the run at the Pit that the RSC video recording is taken.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Hewison, Robert The Sunday Times (17 April 1983), p, 43.

Production Company

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

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