Antony and Cleopatra

Adaptations and cultural references

Selected stage productions

  • 1931, John Gielgud as Antony and Ralph Richardson as Enobarbus at The Old Vic.
  • 1947, Katharine Cornell won a Tony Award for her Broadway performance of Cleopatra opposite the Antony of Godfrey Tearle. It ran for 126 performances, the longest run of the play in Broadway history.
  • 1951, Laurence Olivier as Antony and Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra in a production that played in repertory with George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra at the St James's Theatre and later on Broadway.
  • 1953, Michael Redgrave played Antony and Peggy Ashcroft played Cleopatra at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.
  • 1972, Janet Suzman and Richard Johnson, with Patrick Stewart as Enobarbus in Trevor Nunn's production for the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • 1978, Alan Howard and Glenda Jackson in Peter Brook's production for the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • 1981, Timothy Dalton played Antony and Carmen du Sautoy played Cleopatra at the Mermaid Theatre.
  • 1986, Timothy Dalton and Vanessa Redgrave in the title roles at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Haymarket Theatre.
  • 1987, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench in the title roles at the Royal National Theatre.
  • 1999, Alan Bates and Frances de la Tour in title roles, Guy Henry as Octavius (also David Oyelowo and Owen Oakeshott) at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • 1999, Paul Shelley as Antony and Mark Rylance as Cleopatra in an all-male cast production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.
  • 2006, Patrick Stewart and Harriet Walter in the title roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • 2010, Kim Cattrall and Jeffery Kissoon in the title roles at the Liverpool Playhouse.
  • 2010, Kate Mulgrew and John Douglas Thompson in a production directed by Tina Landau at Hartford Stage.
  • 2010, Kathryn Hunter and Darrell D'Silva in the title roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • 2014, Eve Best and Clive Wood in the title roles at Shakespeare's Globe in London. Phil Daniels as Enobarbus.
  • 2017, Josette Simon and Antony Byrne in the title roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company's at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
  • 2018, Johnny Carr and Catherine McClements in the title roles for the Bell Shakespeare company at Sydney Opera House.
  • 2018, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in the title roles at the Royal National Theatre in London.

Films and TV

Stage adaptations

  • John Fletcher and Philip Massinger's The False One (c.1620) was influenced by Shakespeare's play.[96]
  • John Dryden's play All for Love (1677) was deeply influenced by Shakespeare's treatment of the subject.[97]

Musical adaptations

  • Dame Ethel Smyth's Overture to Antony and Cleopatra was first performed at London's Crystal Palace on 18 October 1890.
  • Samuel Barber's operatic version of the play was premièred in 1966.

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