Antony and Cleopatra at Barbican Theatre tickets
Antony and Cleopatra at Barbican Theatre tickets

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About the show

Anthony and Cleopatra, one of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, takes pride of place in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s thrilling Rome Season at the Barbican this winter. Directed by Iqbal Khan, who is known for his urgent and exhilarating interpretations of The Bard, the production plays a limited run in the Barbican main space from November.

Following Caesar’s brutal assassination, Antony and Cleopatra charts the story of Mark Antony as he ascends to height of Roman power. Now his life of self-indulgence and seduction by his mistress Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, leads him to carelessly neglect his empire. Divided between duty and love, his military prowess leaves him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

Director, Iqbal Khan, is a Shakespeare veteran, having most recently directed his critically acclaimed adaptation of Othello before going on to stage Macbeth at the Globe in 2016. The Olivier Award-nominated Josette Simon takes on the role of Cleopatra alongside Antony Byrne’s Mark Antony.

Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula writes the sublime score for the production with sound by Carolyn Downing. The grand ancient aesthetic of the piece is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins with lighting by Tim Mitchell. Movement and fight choreographed by Villmore James and Kevin McCurdy.

Anthony and Cleopatra is part of the RSC’s exciting Rome MMXVII season transferring to the Barbican this year, with season director Angus Jackson taking the helm on Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, whilst Blanche McIntyre directs the compelling Titus Andronicus. The plays expose the decadence, politics, power play and corruption of Ancient Rome, charting the decline of an empire from birth to eventual disintegration.

Dive into the ancient world of kings, queens, love and honour this winter with Anthony and Cleopatra, playing at Barbican from the 30th November 2017 to 20th January 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of Shakespeare’s history plays should not miss the chance to catch Iqbal Khan’s spectacular adaptation.

Age Recommendations: 15+

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 17 minutes
Opened: 30 Nov 2017
Press night: 12 Dec 2017
Booking from: 19 Jan 2018
Booking until: 20 Jan 2018

Location and map

Barbican Theatre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS

7 Reviews Add review

The RSC have excelled themselves again with one of Shakespeare's works which I've never seen on stage before. A lengthy production... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

An excellent production. Josette Simon was excellent as Cleopatra as was Antony Byrne who played Mark Antony.

kimr 160 cm, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Another fantastic production from the RSC, with an especially great performance from Josette Simon as Cleopatra.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 204 reviews, 5 helpful votes

georgebruv772 6"4, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

arvenare 165cm, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

tammipointer 168cm, 112 reviews, 1 helpful vote

RSC doesn't disappoint.

kwarnock7 5'4, 189 reviews, 0 helpful votes