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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA FROM NT LIVE. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Production Images: Johan Persson

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by William Shakespeare.  Filmed live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production.

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. Continue reading ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA FROM NT LIVE. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

BERNARD SHAW – NT Live: MAN AND SUPERMAN

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George Bernard Shaw’s 1903 MAN AND SUPERMAN with more than 57,000 words, is an epic romantic comedy of manners, a witty social satire and presents a range of very profound philosophical arguments and other existential topics and theories.

Full of contradictions, the play is a comedy about ideas – most of the characters passionately discuss and debate a range of subjects including politics, capitalism, socialism, social reform, male/female roles in courtship. It definitely has a certain Wildean appeal, with a multitude of clever witticisms, about music and the morals of the English upper classes, whilst questioning the integrity of English politicians.

When first published it was pronounced as being unstageable, because its verbosity made it unwieldy.  The play asks fundamental questions about how we live, during its four acts lasting nearly four hours, and all the messages conveyed remain still very relevant today, and in its genre this play remains forever a provocative theatre landmark.

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THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (RSC ENCORE SCREENINGS)

Sarah MacRae, Jonny Glynn and Nicholas Gerard-Martin in The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Sarah MacRae, Jonny Glynn and Nicholas Gerard-Martin in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Royal Shakespeare Company, presents for the first time in 45 years and performed in full production, Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre main stage at Stratford-upon-Avon, and then broadcast live and digitally streamed to cinema audiences all around the world. You will love The Two Gentlemen of Verona, so long as you enjoy Shakespeare.

Written during those years whilst the bard was still learning his craft, and long before he wrote ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the film is presented with a few musical interludes, and an extended and joyful opening containing a colourful framework full of music and spectacle. Continue reading THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (RSC ENCORE SCREENINGS)