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Antony & Cleopatra (1981)

After the murder of her lover Julius Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor, Octavius.

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Jonathan Miller

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Paul John Paul ... Canidius
Jonathan Adams ... Ventidius
Jane Lapotaire ... Cleopatra
Colin Blakely ... Antony
Darien Angadi Darien Angadi ... Alexas
Janet Key Janet Key ... Charmian
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Soothsayer
Cassie McFarlane Cassie McFarlane ... Iras
Emrys James Emrys James ... Enobarbus
Kevin Huckstep Kevin Huckstep ... Messenger
Michael Anthony Michael Anthony ... Messenger
Mohammad Shamsi Mohammad Shamsi ... Mardian
Ian Charleson ... Octavius Caesar
Esmond Knight ... Lepidus
Harry Waters Harry Waters ... Thidias
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Octavius Caesar (later renamed Augustus Caesar, adoptive son of the murdered Julius Caesar), Mark Antony, and Lepidus form the triumvirate, the three rulers of the Roman Empire. Antony, though married to Fulvia, spends his time in Egypt, living a life of decadence and conducting an affair with Queen Cleopatra. In Antony's absence, Caesar and Lepidus worry about Pompey's increasing strength. Caesar condemns Antony for neglecting his duties as a statesman and military officer. Hearing that his wife, Fulvia, has died and that Pompey is raising an army to rebel against the triumvirate, Antony feels he must return to Rome. Caesar and Antony try to patch up their quarrel through the marriage of Antony to Caesar's sister Octavia. In Egypt, Cleopatra is told that Antony has married and is furious with jealousy. However, when the messenger says that Octavia is not very beautiful, Cleopatra feels confident that she can win Antony back. The triumvirs meet Pompey, who agrees to keep peace in ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Language:

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Release Date:

8 May 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Version of Monodrama Theater: Cleopatra (1953) See more »

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disappointing
7 June 2013 | by roedygSee all my reviews

I found the performance disappointing. Anthony was cast as Colin Blakely, who looked like a portly professor. Cleopatra was played as middle aged and very English by Jane Lapotiere. Anthony is supposed to be a swashbuckling general. Cleopatra is supposed to be a dark scheming teen. They were simply wrong. It felt more like a play reading at aunt Hilda's than a real production. I don't think Shakespeare much liked Antony or Cleopatra. They continually repulsed me. The sexual innuendos came across as coarse and inappropriate for such old buzzards. Even murderers like Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had more emotional appeal. There was almost no budget spent on sets, costumes or locations. It all looks rather dusty, like old clothes from an attic trunk. There is very little action, just endless rather bland dialogue. It would probably work better if you turned off the video.


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