Antony & Cleopatra

Theatre, Shakespeare National Theatre , South Bank Monday September 24 2018 - Saturday January 19 2019
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Antony & Cleopatra, National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the star cross'd older lovers

Ralph Fiennes recommences his one-man journey through the most herculanean roles in theatre as he follows recent forays into Shaw, Ibsen and, indeed, Shakespeare to take on the role of doomed Roman general Antony in Shakespeare’s great historial tragedy. He’s reason enough to book for Simon Godwin’s production; but perhaps the most exciting casting is the livewire Sophie Okonedo, a brilliant actress who doesn‘t immediately spring to mind when casting a role that tends to go to more conventional actors, and should be all the more exciting for it.

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Venue name: National Theatre
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Address: South Bank
London
SE1 9PX
Transport: Rail/Tube: Waterloo
Price: £15-£68
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Pleased to welcome a great Shakespeare production at the National.   Director Simon Godwin gives us the best new Shakespeare production at the National since his "Twelfth Night". Ralph Fiennes gives a solid performance as Antony, while Sophie Okonedo is sensational as Cleopatra.

There is fine support from the supporting cast, especially from Fisayo Akinade & Tim McMullan. Unmissable.

Very good shape for first preview. Fiennes is as good as expected but perhaps a little dour. Death scene very poignant. Won't spoil staging surprises. Maybe a tad long but surely will tighten up. Well deserved standing ovation. This is going to be a smash hit for the Nash. Four stars for now. Needs more pace before interval to nudge it further.