Antony and Cleopatra

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Antony and Cleopatra is a play by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)William Shakespeare.

Also found as Anthony and Cleopatra in some sources

The original play

With a plot based on Thomas North's 1579 English translation of Plutarch's Lives, the play is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607, and first performed by the King's Men, at either the Blackfriars Theatre or the Globe Theatre in around 1607. In the First Folio it appeared under the title The Tragedie of Anthonie, and Cleopatra and was first printed in the Folio of 1623.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by Anna S. Pohl as Antonius en Cleopatra. (DALRO, 1969). Broadcast as a radio drama under the direction of Suzanne van Wyk in 1967. (Article from the SABC Bulletin of 15 May 1967).

Performance history in South Africa

First production in South Africa in 19* by **.

1960: A Little Theatre production by Rosalie van der Gucht in May-June 1960, with Percy Sieff as Mark Anthony, Roger Dwyer as Diomedes and Babs Laker as Cleopatra.

1972: Produced at Maynardville Open-Air Theatre with Michael Atkinson as Octavius Caesar, Cecilia Sonnenberg as Cleopatra and Roy Purcell as Antony.

1975: Directed by English director David Giles for CAPAB starring Sandra Prinsloo as Cleopatra and Michael Atkinson as Antony, opening 16 August at the Nico Malan Theatre. Other members of the cast included Peter Curtis, Peter Krummeck, Michael Drin, David Crichton, Nicholas Ellenbogen, Lois Butlin, Patti Canning, John Whiteley, Roger Dwyer, Robert Del Kyrke, Colin Duell, Mary Dreyer, Keith Grenville, Bill Jervis, Pietro Nolte, David Janes, Pamela Buchner. Stage manager Brian Kennedy assisted by Barry Jarvis. Sets and costumes designed by Peter Cazalet. This production was staged at the H.B. Thom Theatre 9-13 September and at the Settlers' Memorial in Grahamstown 17-20 September.

1987: Opened on 13 June, staged by NAPAC, in the Natal Playhouse, directed by John Hussey, with Eric Carte (Mark Antony), Dorothy-Ann Gould (Cleopatra), Gavin van den Berg (Octavius Caesar), James Irwin (Lepidus), Lynn Ellis (Octavia), Simon Heale, Andre Smith, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Wilson, Peter Gardner, Rodney Prynne, Pete Kruger, Stephen Gurney, Peter Holden, Drummond Marais, Ingride Mollison, Thuli Mtshali, Jabulani Chili, Ken Jackson, Madoda Ncayiyana and Bheki Mandlenkosi. Designed by Penny Simpson and lighting by Joe Freedman.

1990: Directed by Margaret Heale for SODA, Wits Theatre.

1993: Presented by CAPAB Drama at the Rhodes Theatre, Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival from 8 to 11 July and at the Nico Theatre from 17 July to 7 August. Direction was by Marthinus Basson, assisted by Tomothy Greene, design by Peter Cazalet, lighting by Malcolm Hurrell, music by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, stage director Patrick Curtis, stage manager Howard Simms. The cast: Andrew Buckland (Antony), Neels Coetzee (Lepidus), Blaise Koch (Caesar), Mary Dreyer (Octavia), Keith Grenville, Nic Ashby, Timothy Greene, Neels Coetzee, Nkosinathi Gqotso, Anthony Bishop, Cedwyn Joel, Aletta Bezuidenhout (Cleopatra), Claire Watling, Jana van Niekerk, Kurt Wüstman, Andrew Bosses, André Samuels, Mark Hoeben, Cedwyn Joel, André Roothman, Anthony Bishop, Peter Butler, Jamie Bartlett, Matthew Roberts, Timothy Mahoney, Angus Douglas, Morné Visser.

1999: A Take Away Shakespeare Company production was staged at the 1999 Grahamstown Festival starring Sean Taylor as Antony and Jana Cilliers as Cleopatra, and Greg Melvill-Smith, Megan Willson, Zane Meas, Gerrit Schoonhoven, Anthony Coleman and Annie Robinson. Directed by James Whyle, set and costume design by Sarah Roberts, lighting designer Michael Maxwell. The same production was staged in the Tesson Theatre at The Civic in July 1999.

2010: Staged at Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Wynberg, Cape Town. Directed by Marthinus Basson with Tinarie van Wyk-Loots as Cleopatra, Andrew Laubscher as Caesar, André Weideman as Antony, Lionel Newton as Enorbarbus and Juliet Jenkin as Charmian.

Sources William Shakespeare

Material held by NELM (Little Theatre production): [Collection: SIEFF, Percy]: 2013. 25. 14. 1 and Photographs [Collection: SIEFF, Percy]: 2013. 25. 2. 62.

Teaterwoordeboek, Vaktaalburo, 1977.

NAPAC theatre programme, 1987.

CAPAB theatre programme, 1993 (ESAT Archive)

Michael Venables. 1993. "Aletta's Cleopatra doesn't quite make it", Sunday Times, 25 July 1993.

Cape Times 15 June 1999.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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