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Antony and Cleopatra - Play Information

Dating the play & Shakespeare's sources

How do we know when Antony and Cleopatra was written? What historical sources, classical stories and other plays influenced Shakespeare when he wrote it? Performance history expert Rebecca Brown presents the evidence.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Full synopsis

Read the story of Antony and Cleopatra in plain English. If you don't want to know how it ends, don't read the last section!

Suitable for: All ages

Full synopsis

Interview: Designer

Designer Stephen Brimson-Lewis worked simultaneously on both Gregory Doran's Antony and Cleopatra and Sean Holmes' Julius Caesar for the RSC in 2006. In this video interview, he talks about working on both productions.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Interview: Designer

Interview: Director (2006)

Read an interviews with director Gregory Doran about his production of Antony and Cleopatra.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Interview: Director (2006)

Past programme articles

Articles published in RSC programmes for productions of Antony and Cleopatra:

Histocial context
Author Tom Holland describes the world in which the play takes place.

About Cleopatra
Author Lucy Hughes-Hallett discusses the queen known for her 'infinite variety'.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Past programme articles

Scenes: Key moments

Every director will choose their own key moments in Antony and Cleopatra depending on how they are interpreting the play. Here, we've selected a number of important scenes.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Stage history

Performance history expert Rebecca Brown guides us through the stage history of Antony and Cleopatra from the time Shakespeare wrote it to the present day.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Stage history

Well-known quotes

Our selection of famous quotes from Antony and Cleopatra.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

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