Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0414fq4

Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston take the lead roles in this great tragedy of love and power, a new production to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.

Lovers, politicians, superstars. Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare's late and epic tragedy of mature love and the catastrophic fall from grace and power that it brings about. Irresistibly drawn together, the couple are surrounded by friends, enemies, admirers and critics, none of who remain unscathed by the folly and heartbreak of this magnificent pair. As empires clash around them, their destiny seems inevitable: to love each other till death and even beyond.

This new production of Antony and Cleopatra marks the return of Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston's Shakespearean partnership, last seen in their sold-out Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival in 2013.

A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio 3

First broadcast in April 2014.

Credits

Role

Contributor

Writer

William Shakespeare

Antony

Kenneth Branagh

Cleopatra

Alex Kingston

Octavius Caesar

Geoffrey Streatfeild

Enobarbus

Robert Pugh

Lepidus

Nigel Anthony

Agrippa

Simon Armstrong

Dolabella

Matthew Gravelle

Proculeius

Alun Raglan

Octavia/Iras

Priyanga Burford

Philo

Richard Clifford

Pompey

Richard Harrington

Charmian

Janice Acquah

Alexas

Don Gilet

Mardian

Ewan Bailey

Eros/Messenger

Will Howard

Soothsayer/Snakeman

Peter Polycarpou

Composer

Elizabeth Purnell

Director

Alison Hindell

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