The Highlands Performing Arts Center will present Live via Satellite the National Theatre of London’s production of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 19.
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. The National Theatre’s blockbuster, received multiple ★★★★★ reviews, this production is slick, stylish and modern with a huge revolving set (including a swimming pool on stage), a big supporting cast and gorgeous costumes, and real snakes on stage.
In the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s assassination, General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. Having neglected his political duties whilst in Egypt, Antony returns to Rome, to attempt to restore his political position.
Torn between his duty to Rome and his devotion to Cleopatra, Antony’s actions spark a war which threatens to destroy their love.Tickets are available online: highlandspac.org or at the door. Students are admitted free of charge. Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands, N.C., 828-526-9047.
Antony & Cleopatra by Shakespeare, Writer – William Shakespeare, Director – Simon Godwin, Set Designer – Hildegard Bechtler, Costume Designer – Evie Gurney, Lighting Designer – Tim Lutkin, The National Theatre, 2018. Photos by Johan Persson.