Antony & Cleopatra

Antony And Cleopatra

A new version by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Royal Shakespeare Company and The Public Theater New York, 2013


At the fringes of a war torn empire a man and woman have fallen desperately, passionately in love. But for a soldier sent to enforce the imperial will and the queen of a people intent on throwing off the yoke of empire, there is no place for personal desire.

Antony and Cleopatra are born to lead, to bend the world to their will and their every action has consequences for the thousands of people caught within the orbit of their influence.

Former RSC International Playwright in Residence Tarell Alvin McCraney has created a stripped down, radical new version of Shakespeare’s gripping story of romance set against a world of imperial politics and power play and transports us to 18th century, sun-soaked Saint-Domingue on the eve of revolution.


Jonathan Cake, Charise Castro-Smith, Samuel Collings, Ash Hunter, Chukwudi Iwuji, Joaquina Kalukango, Iain Lassiter, Chivas Michael, Sarah Niles, Henry Stram

Director: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Assistant Director: Audrey Sheffield
Design: Tom Piper
Lighting: Stephen Strawbridge
Music: Michael Thurber
Movement: Gelan Lambert