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Antony and Cleopatra - 2017 - West End

One of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, Antony & Cleopatra continues the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he neglects his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, his military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

Known for his fresh and urgent interpretations of Shakespeare, Iqbal Khan directs Josette Simon and Antony Byrne in the title roles. Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula writes the music for the production.


Running Time: 3 hours and 17 minutes, with one intermission

Barbican Centre [Barbican Theatre]

(London, )
Barbican Centre Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS

Antony and Cleopatra West End Cast


by Rona Kelly - December 13, 2017
When a production transfers, changes are inevitable. Different spaces create different possibilities and limitations, for actors, directors and designers alike. For the audience then, the entire experience between watching a show in one theatre and another may be wholly different. Part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Rome MMXVII Season, Antony & Cleopatra is one of four shows to transfer to the Barbican. Rather than lose anything, Iqbal Khan's production gains something in this move. Playing in a proscenium arch theatre, the show and Robert Innes Hopkins' design cry out: 'Here is my space'.
by Rona Kelly - November 30, 2017
Rome wasn't built in a day...but the Royal Shakespeare Company's Rome MMXVII Season comes pretty close! As performances get underway for Julius Caesar, rehearsals begin for the Barbican transfer of Antony and Cleopatra. Playing the titular role, Antony Byrne takes us through his time at the RSC, from audience member to actor.