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NT LIVE :  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

This sensational, broad, swirling epic, filmed live from the National Theatre , is magnificently staged and acted with towering performances by Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in the lead roles. Directed by Simon Godwin we see how the two worlds of Egypt and Rome collide and love blindly leads to tragedy.

The production has been transposed to now with mobiles, hi tech computer screens etc and contemporary speech patterns. But the poetry remains and is fresh and exciting ( eg Enobarbus’s “ purple barge “ speech ) .It begins with Caesar’s (Tunji Kasim) arrival at Cleopatra’s monument to discover she has just died and he issues order that she be buried alongside Antony. “No grave upon the earth shall clip in it ,A pair so famous.” We then look back on the great relationship between Antony and Cleopatra .

In Hildegard Bechtler’s set designs Egypt is represented by cool turquoise and water pools, Rome by stark polished offices and war rooms with precise hardness and neatness and displays of primitive masks ( Egyptian plunder? ) . Video footage of riot-shield clashes and a crescendo of mortar blasts in bombed-out streets put us bang in the middle of current middle-eastern clashes .There is a wonderful evocation of a submarine and The Monument uses tall simple lines. At times the use of the revolve is dizzying . Continue reading NT LIVE :  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

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)