Watch: National Theatre – Antony & Cleopatra

  • The List
  • 5 May 2020
Watch: Antony & Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes

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The National Theatre at Home programme continues with this acclaimed 2018 production by Simon Godwin

The National Theatre at Home series continues this week with the broadcast of Simon Godwin's critically acclaimed production of Antony & Cleopatra, which was filmed at the National Theatre in 2018. Starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the famous fated couple, Antony & Cleopatra is Shakespeare's tragedy of politics, passion and power, and one of his great historical love stories.

Having defeated Julius Caesar and his assassins at Philippi, General Mark Antony now rules the Roman Empire alongside Octavius Caesar and Lepidus. But Antony has fallen madly in love with Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, creating scandal amongst Romans in Alexandria as well as at home in Rome, creating tension between Octavius and Antony. What results is a tragic struggle between devotion and duty, as obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Watch Antony & Cleopatra from 7pm on Thursday 7 May for one week.

With theatres around the UK and beyond remaining closed as lockdown continues, companies and venues are doing their bit to keep audiences at home connected and entertained as best as possible. London's National Theatre announced their National Theatre at Home programme last month, giving audiences the weekly opportunity to enjoy world-class theatre while the venue is closed. And with huge numbers tuning in every week, the initiative has been a great success. So far, we've been treated to streams of One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Cordon, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night and most recently, Frankenstein starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Keep up with the National Theatre's weekly streams on their YouTube channel.

National Theatre at Home

The National Theatre entertains us during lockdown by streaming a different one of their shows each week.