Antony and Cleopatra

Gary Griffin directed this fast paced production, starring Geraint Wynn Davies and Yanna McIntosh as the powerful lovers, who would rather flirt than fight.

The Tom Patterson stage places many constraints on the director and cast. In this production it did occasionally feel like you were sitting watching a conveyor belt, as characters entered from one end and exited at the other.

This is the story of Cleopatra as a mature Queen, not a foolish girl. But a mature woman can do foolish things in the throes of a passionate affair. McIntosh was a very believable Cleopatra . She is always a majestic figure, tall, erect and imposing.

But every now and then, the queen disappeared and the woman in love, jealous and uncertain appeared. Her passion and jealousy was matched and fuelled by Wynn Davies Antony, in love with her, but self centred and ready to make the politically expedient decision. Geraint Wynn Davies is always larger than life and perfectly suited to this role.

The rest of the cast were excellent as always, with wonderful performances by Tom McCamus as Enobarbus and Ben Carlson as Octavius Caesar.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Antony and Cleopatra

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I have commented that Yanna McIntosh should stay away from Shakespeare, as she has been so much stronger in other plays.
    However, here she seemed very comfortable in her role and the interaction between her and Geraint’s Antony hit the right note. (Although I think the interaction between Shaw’s Caesar and (young) Cleopatra seems more real – and I never thought I would find a Shaw character more real than its Shakespeare equivalent – but that’s the play, not the production.)
    Other than Cleopatra’s sudden and rather strange wig change near the end, after maintaining the same look through all the earlier scenes, I thought the production was good, recognising the episodic nature of the play which seemed emphasised by the Patterson’s format, and the cast was strong throughout, with McCamus as perhaps a standout.

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