Antony and Cleopatra

Playbill for a performance of Antony and Cleopatra on 22 October 1849 at Theatre Royal Sadler's Wells. Image from RSC Archive at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Shakespeare probably completed Antony and Cleopatra around 1606.
Explore the links on the left to find out more about this great historical love story.

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!

Famous quotes
We've selected some well-known quotes from Antony and Cleopatra.

Key moments
Directors choose their own key moments in Antony and Cleopatra, depending on their interpretation of the play. Here we've selected a number of important scenes.

Did you know...?
Some fascinating facts about Shakespeare's play and Antony and Cleopatra in performance.

Stage history
From its first performances around 1607 up to modern theatre and film productions, Rebecca Brown examines Antony and Cleopatra in performance.

Dating the play
Rebecca Brown explains how we know when Shakespeare actually wrote Antony and Cleopatra .

Shakespeare's sources
Rebecca Brown presents the historical sources and influences which inspired Shakespeare when he wrote Antony and Cleopatra.

Production 2007
View photos and watch interviews with the director and designer of this production for the Swan's thrust stage.

Productions 1950 - 2000
Performance history expert Rebecca Brown describes a selection of our productions.

Historical context
Tom Holland describes the world in which Antony and Cleopatra takes place.

About Cleopatra
Who was Cleopatra? Lucy Hughes-Hallett on the queen known for her 'infinite variety'.

Image shows a playbill for a performance of Antony and Cleopatra on 22 October 1849 at Theatre Royal Sadler's Wells.
Image from RSC Archive at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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