Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star in Shakespeare’s great play of love and tragedy.
Mark Antony, the great Roman hero and ruler, has fallen in love with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. When a conflict arises between Antony and his fellow rulers, his infatuation with Cleopatra threatens to tear the Roman Empire in two. Tony Award winner, Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Academy Award nominee, Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, Dirty Pretty Things) star in the title roles.
Simon Godwin's modern-dress version gives it a contemporary sheen, but also a more propulsive cinematic flow, too. As splendidly designed by Hildegard Bechtler, it is both truly epic and intimate, as required.
The great merit of Simon Godwin's fast-moving, modern dress and hugely intelligent production in the vast space of the Olivier, is its extreme lucidity. A lot goes on, but we always understand its meaning and its emotional impact.
The entire endeavour shines but it is the couple at its heart that makes the play live or die and Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo are simply terrific as the lovers who tempt fate one too many times.