With performances by world famous award winning Shakespearean actors, The Shakespeare Series has recaptured the Elizabethan flavor of Shakespeare's own Globe productions by staging them just as they were seen in the 16th century. In Antony & Cleopatra, two of history's most famous lovers are caught between their love for one another and the Roman struggle for power. At the time of this play, Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar and M. Aemilius Lepidus are the members of the triumvirate that rule the Roman world. Mark Antony is consumed with his love for Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and spends time with her to the detriment of his duties as a Roman ruler. When rebellions rise against the triumvirate, Anthony returns to Rome to join the defense, eventually returning to Cleopatra in Egypt. In a quest for sole power, Caesar follows and wages a fierce battle against him. Upon hearing a false report of Cleopatra's death, Antony falls on his sword. Cleopatra chooses to die from the bite of an asp rather than befall the fate of returning to Rome as Caesar's prize. Featuring Timothy Dalton, Lynn Redgrave, Nichelle Nichols, John Carradine. Grades 9-12. 180 minutes on DVD.
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