Antony and Cleopatra (2012): Chichester Festival Theatre
PrAntony and Cleopatra (2012)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Kim Cattrall (Cleopatra); Ian Hogg (Enobarbus); Martin Hutson (Octavius Caesar); Michael Pennington (Mark Antony).
This production ran from 7 - 29 September 2012. This was a revival of Suzman's production at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2010 with some of the same cast, including Kim Cattrall.
"Rising out of the floor like a masked rock goddess (think Madonna, who she particularly resembles when she puts on her war armour) in an Egypt that looks like an exotic nightclub awash with black lacquer, mirrors and oriental lamps, Catrall's queen knows the importance of pomp..." ~ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 17 September 2012
"The production disappoints. The principal actors disappoint, the direction disappoints, and eventually so does the play itself, despite the lovely phrases that twinkle past us as the action moves, relentlessly, between Rome, Alexandria and places between....The set combines marbled tiles and oriental lamps in the foreground with a utilitarian steel bridge behind from which the Roman commanders descend by ladders. Useful as a contrast between two worlds this device becomes absurd when the closing scene at the Monument requires the dying Antony to be lowered from it (with a line changed from up to down) in order to die with Cleopatra on the ground. Not a good idea." ~ Jeremy Kingston, "Not much sex in this study", The Times, 18 September 2012