7 June 2020 | fmperiset
I was absolutely stunned by this deeply satisfying adaptation of 'Antony and Cleopatra', one of Shakespeare's best-loved Roman plays, although it is also one of the most difficult to bring to life. Both Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo complemented each other incredibly well and delivered strong and convincing performances. Fiennes delights the spectators with his nuanced take on the character that explores Antony's tormented relationship to Cleopatra. He reaches his peak during the fourth act, where he delivers especially moving and thought-provoking speeches. Okonedo charms with a glamorous Cleopatra and makes you wonder the extent to which she is a "triple-turned whore" (4.12.13) or a "most sweet queen" (1.3.32). Tim McMullen is also fantastic as Enobarbus. The stage effects are lively and fresh. Watching this play on YouTube as one of the NTL free online shows released during the coronavirus pandemic will always be a memory I will cherish, as it symbolises the sheer beauty and magic of the theatre. A powerful reminder of the capacity of drama to lift our spirits and take us on a sparkling journey even during the darkest moments of life.