About the National Theatre’s Antony & Cleopatra.
Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, James Bond: Spectre) and Sophie Okonedo (Chimerica, Hotel Rwanda) play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Simon Godwin (Hansard, Twelfth Night) directed this critically acclaimed production at the National Theatre in 2018. You can watch Antony & Cleopatra on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel from 7pm UK time on Thursday 7 May for one week.
Please note, this filmed performance was given a BBFC rating of 12A and contains some staged violence and flashing lights.
Free Antony & Cleopatra Education Pack.
Download the National Theatre’s official Antony & Cleopatra teaching resources. The resource helps students look into the production with in-depth activities around the show.
This resource is suitable for Key Stage 4 & 5, supporting GCSE and A-Level students reviewing the show. The pack includes suggestions and highlights of what students can look out for in the production. Use the show to examine the form, artistic choices and analysing the overall effectiveness of the piece.
The pack also includes links to a rehearsal diary, podcast and short video about creating Cleopatra’s costumes.
How to watch Antony & Cleopatra
The National Theatre’s production of Antony & Cleopatra is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service.
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As well as the National Theatre Collection, the NT offers a wide range of education packs, educational videos and other resources that you can use for free.
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