Antony and Cleopatra at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Antony and Cleopatra at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

Antony and Cleopatra


Simon Godwin returns to the National Theatre to direct Shakespeare’s epic Antony and Cleopatra, following the success of his cross-gendered Twelfth Night, starring Tamsin Grieg. Playing a strictly limited season, the production stars legendary actors Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the ill-fated lovers.

One of Shakespeare’s most regularly performed plays, Antony and Cleopatra follows the ageing Mark Antony, one of three rulers of the Roman Empire. Whilst in Egypt, he falls under the spell of the African leader, and as their relationship deepens, news of it spreads and causes dissent in Rome.

As the threat increases between himself and the two other Roman rulers, the danger of an outbreak of civil war is also bubbling. Mark Antony cannot help himself however, setting his fate, that of his lover and his empire on the road to fatal destruction.

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star as Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Fiennes is a household name best-known for his screen roles in Schindler’s List, The Grand Budapest Hotel and the James Bond and Harry Potter series’. He has also performed extensively in theatre, particularly in Shakespeare. Okonedo has performed on Broadway, in the West End and on screen, with credits including The Secret Life of Bees, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? and A Raisin in the Sun.

Further casting includes Fisayo Akinade, Alexander Cobb, Tunji Kasim, Georgia Landers, Nicola Le Prevost, Tim McMullan, Gloria Obianyo and Katy Stephens.

Simon Godwin directs this production, with previous productions at the National including Man and Superman and The Beaux Stratagem. Other credits include Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe, Hamlet at the RSC and The Little Mermaid at Bristol Old Vic. The production features design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Christopher Shutt and video design by Luke Halls, with music by Michael Bruce.

Productions of Shakespeare’s plays at the National Theatre continue to garner attention, with Antony and Cleopatra bringing to life an electrifying tale of seduction, desire and temptation. The production plays at the National’s Olivier Theatre from 18 September 2018 to 19 January 2019, with a press night on 26 September 2018.

Recommended for

Shakespeare fans and audiences who want to see some of the country’s greatest talent and big names on stage won’t want to miss this show.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

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Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 18 Sep 2018
Press night: 26 Sep 2018
Booking from: 18 Sep 2018
Booking until: 19 Jan 2019

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

6 Reviews Add review

Phenomenal production with an equally exceptional cast. Shakespeare has (finally) been done well at the NT!

oliviabeanland 5"7, 29 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An interesting interpretation of the play with strong lead performances but it is long and it struggled to hold my attention throu... More

LondonLass 5"1, 183 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Wonderfully staged and very well acted. Well worth seeing.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 186 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Long but worth it for great design and an excellent performance by Sophie Okonedo.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 292 reviews, 36 helpful votes

Star performers giving star performances.

kwarnock7 5'4, 131 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Still in previews, but Fiennes really takes it there with a commanding performance in Act 2.

davidb2 1 review, 0 helpful votes