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4 January 1975 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Johnson ... Marc Antony

Janet Suzman ... Cleopatra
Rosemary McHale ... Charmian
Mavis Taylor Blake ... Iras
Darien Angadi ... Alexas
Sidney Livingstone ... Mardian
Geoffrey Hutchings ... A Fig Seller
Loftus Burton ... Diomedes
Lennard Pearce ... Cleopatra's Schoolteacher
Joseph Charles ... Cleopatra's Messenger

Tony Osoba ... Cleopatra's Servant
Douglas Anderson ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Michael Egan ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Paul Gaymon ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Wendy Bailey ... Servant
Madelaine Bellamy ... Servant
Edwina Ford ... Servant
Amanda Knott ... Servant
Joe Rock ... Servant
Gito Santana ... Servant
Nicholas McArdle ... King
Derek Wright ... King
Frederick Radley ... King
Norman Caro ... King
Richard Young ... King

Patrick Stewart ... Enobarbus

Constantine Gregory ... Ventidius (as Constantin De Goguel)

William Morgan Sheppard ... Scarus (as Morgan Sheppard)

Joseph Marcell ... Eros (as Joe Marcell)
Jonathan Holt ... Dercetas
Chris Jenkinson ... Silius (as Christopher Jenkinson)
John Bott ... A Soothsayer
Robert Oates ... 1st Watchman
Arthur Whybrow ... 2nd Watchman
Michael Radcliffe ... 3rd Watchman
Geoffrey Greenhill ... Soldier
William Thomas ... Soldier (as William Huw-Thomas)
David Janes ... Soldier
Jeremy Pearce ... Soldier
Mark Sheridan ... Soldier

Corin Redgrave ... Octavius (Augustus Caesar)
Raymond Westwell ... Lepidus
Mary Rutherford ... Octavia
Philip Locke ... Agrippa
Derek Godfrey ... Macenas

Ben Kingsley ... Thidias
Martin Milman ... Dolabella

Tim Pigott-Smith ... Proculeius
Keith Taylor ... A Messenger
Thomas Chesleigh ... Gallus
Desmond Stokes ... Taurus
Alan Foss ... A Senator
John Bardon ... Demetrius
Peter Godfrey ... A Sentry
Malcolm Kaye ... A Guard
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Directed by
Jon Scoffield 
 
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William Shakespeare  play

Original Music by
Guy Woolfenden 
 
Production Design by
Michael Bailey 
 
Art Department
Colin Harris .... production buyer
Christopher Morley .... consultant production designer
Terry Royce .... stand-by propsman
 
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B.H. Barry .... fights
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Grant .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Curtis .... costume design consultant
 
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Trevor Nunn .... director of stage production (uncredited)
 

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161 min
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One of the last made-for-TV Shakespeare adaptations (to date) to have its American premiere on commercial network television. Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet (1968), made for movie theaters, would be telecast by ABC in 1980, but the only other made-for-TV Shakespeare adaptation to have its American premiere on commercial television since 1975 has been the syndicated telecast of the Laurence Olivier King Lear (1983) (TV), which was shown on American television in 1984, after premiering in England in 1983.See more »
Quotes:
Marc Antony:I am dying, Egypt, dying.See more »
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Version of Antonius und Cleopatra (1963) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Defined Shakespeare, 31 March 2000
Author: bongoz

I was in high school when I saw this version of "Antony and Cleopatra" on the short-lived, occasional "ABC Theatre" on the US ABC television network. I had read Shakespeare in English Literature class, of course, and had even attended some local productions of Shakespeare plays, but seeing this production totally changed my view of the Bard, even theatre in general. This was the first time I ever watched a play and felt as if I was watching something real, viewing snippets of life in progress. The actors weren't mouthing lines and feigning emotions - they were real and they believed, and that made me believe as well.

Perhaps the intervening years have affected my memory, dimming the details, but I cannot forget the awe I felt watching Patrick Stewart's Enobarbus. When I had read the play in school, Enobarbus was a minor character, and his speeches weren't important. Stewart's performance changed that. Now the role was central, and his descent from cheer to madness was a mirror of his world. Cleopatra's knowing chuckle as she spoke of her "salad days" was a lament as well a whimsey.

At that age, I may have been ripe for a change in my world view, but I cannot deny that it was "Antony and Cleopatra" that provided it. Ever since I have compared my response to a performance to that I felt from this production. Patrick Stewart has certainly gone on to "bigger and better" things in the last quarter century, but for me he'll always be Enobarbus, the man who defined Shakespeare for me.

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