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Antony and Cleopatra

The Roman general and emperor, Mark Antony, neglects his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. As their passion threatens to consume themselves and those around them, the pair are torn between love and duty – can their relationship survive when their actions affect the fate of nations? What price are youwilling to pay for love? Read more …

Featuring two of the most iconic lovers in all of history and staged in the magnificent surroundings of the Kibble Palace, Shakespeare’s epic romance returns to Bard in the Botanics for the first time in fifteen years.

The critical consensus

This tension is brilliantly evoked in the performances of the leads, Nicole Cooper and Andy Clark, whose characters appear magnetically drawn to each other, almost in spite of their own misgivings.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 25/06/2018

With director Gordon Barr’s adaptation stripped down to accommodate a cast of eight, such a relatively minimal approach allows the political ramifications of the central romance to breathe unencumbered by assorted entourages.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 25/06/2018

Barr’s nine-strong company deliver an Antony and Cleopatra to remember, a little short of pace in its final scenes, but full of rich and sensual images that truly brand themselves on the mind.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 30/06/2018

Where and when?

Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow from Thursday June 21, 2018, until Saturday July 7, 2018. More info:

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