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ANTHONY & CLEOPATRA (article first published : 1999-08-23)

Power, intrigue, backstabbing, lust, wars, politicians, love affairs and more – all the right ingredients for a modern blockbuster novel or the latest political scandal, all themes that have survived throughout history. And no finer exponent of weaving them into a good stirring tale than William Shakespeare.

This year, Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra is a matric set work and Themi Venturas has directed a production which will appear at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre as part of the University of Natal’s drama department’s 50th anniversary festivities (see separate story).

With a set designed by Peter Court, the cast includes Michael Gritten as Anthony, Belinda Harwood as Cleopatra, Krijay Govender as Octavia and Belinda Henwood as Charmian. Mzwandile Kamang is Octavius and Patrick Collyer plays Enobarbus. Themi Venturas promises a lively and modern interpretation of the production including the use of the latest modern technology: e-mail, news video clips and more.

The show runs from September 14 to 25 with schools performances daily at 09h00 and 11h30 at a ticket price of R17 per scholar. There are public performances on September 14 at 20h00 and September 18 and 25 at 14h00. Tickets R35. Top book phone Nothando on (031) 201—9242 or 201-9894.

This production is not to be confused with the Takeaway Shakespeare Company’s production titled “Antony and Cleopatra” which will form part of the Hilton Arts Festival


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