Antony and Cleopatra Ron Barber
by William Shakespeare
8th - 12th November 2005 at 7.30pm (note early
Matinee 12th at 2.15pm (note early start time)
£7.50, concessions £6.50
First Night Offer: Tuesday 8th - all tickets £6
Driven by his passion for Cleopatra, Antony sacrifices his career, his friends and his
standing in Rome to be with his Egyptian Queen.
A Will Of Power
This is a production that would grace any
professional stage and Andrew Cowie bestrides it as a towering, prowling, soliloquising
Antony a man of moods, in whom fun and tenderness rub shoulders with steely
resolve. Likewise Sarah-Jane McCaffrey is a Cleopatra of fire and Mark Thompsons
Caesar of solid, unflamboyant worth.
Norman Thackwrays production is a
thing of pace and vigour but it finds time for a glorious drunken scene built around Bob
Carradines Lepidus. Brendan Stanley is a powerful Enobarbus, possibly the nearest
Shakespeare came to providing the play with a chorus, and Cherie Rowe takes Charmian from
giggling handmaid to confidante confronting regal tragedy. There is not a weak spot. It
exudes confidence and untrammelled flair. Its excellent and it runs until Saturday.
John Slim Birmingham Evening Mail
10 November 2005
A Crescent Theatre production