Harriet Walter on stage with arms outstretched dressed in a white and gold dress.

Education Resources

Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 7 Sep 2017

  • Barbican Theatre

    London

    30 Nov 2017 - 20 Jan 2018

  • In Cinemas

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 57 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

19 August, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

Antony and Cleopatra tells the story of the two Eqyptian and Roman rulers and how their romance ends in tragedy. 

Antony and Cleopatra is a great play for looking at alongside other tragic romances, such as Romeo and Juliet, and addresses lots of themes you can use as routes into the text including:

  • Leadership
  • Revenge
  • Love 

There are so many different ways of exploring the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the text:

If you are studying the play for A-Level or are teaching 16-19 year olds, we are also offering young people the opportunity to get involved by creating a film as part of our For the Good of Rome Film Challenge which asks learners to respond to the themes in Shakespeare's Roman plays, including Antony and Cleopatra

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