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Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Joyce Birch

Season: 8th March - 26 April 2008
Preview night 7th March 2008
Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm
Sunday matinée at 4.30pm
No performances over Easter 21-23 March 2008

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Antony and Cleopatra is a famous love story of Roman times.

However, Shakespeare's text of the play also brings to life the great rivalry between Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar. These two men were vying for control of the Roman senate after the death of Julius Caesar - Octavius being the nephew of Julius and Antony, a highly popular Roman general.

We see Octavius' star rising as Antony's fades through this obsessive love for the capricious temptress Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, who draws Antony away from his Roman responsibilities.

Caesar and Antony with Cleopatra between them constitute the power struggle, which is the central theme of the play.

Some careful, judicious editing presents the audience with a good tight story and much of Shakespeare's beautiful language to enjoy.

Set design by Joyce Birch
Lighting and Sound design by Michael Schell

Loretta Tolnai as Cleopatra, Matt Butcher as Mark Antony and John Bonaventura as Caesar... along with Vanessa Coffey, Lisa Harrison, Elisa Duffy, Naomi Englebrett, Sandra Bass, Alan Chapman, Michael Sterbal, Daniel Musumeci, Jeremy Just, Eric Bicknell, Paul Gilbert, John Cross, Robert Drew, Gordon Smith.

Stage Manager Marnie Bicknell
Bio Box P.W. Ryan and Wundonna Hughes.

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