BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.In the acclaimed BBC Radio Shakespeare series, each play is introduced by Richard Eyre, former Director of the Royal National Theatre.Revitalised, original and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.‘Antony and Cleopatra’ centres around the soldier and noble prince Mark Antony's enthralment with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and the tumultuous relationship which ensues and ultimately ends in tragedy. Frances Barber and David Harewood star in a towering tale of great love, political intrigue and tragedy.
Antony and Cleopatra / BBC Radio Shakespeare
“The challenge of taking a play created for the stage and translating it to the audio format may seem daunting, but this production does just that exceptionally well. The use of sound is outstanding seagulls caw, swords clash, and crickets chirp to indicate sea, battle, and night scenes. The actors speak close to the microphone to convey the play's asides, and transitional music creatively denotes setting changes from Rome to Alexandria. As for voice talent, the triumvirate triumphs, and Frances Barber perfectly captures both Cleopatra's rage and hysteria.” AUDIOFILE EARPHONES AWARD ~AudioFile Magazine (M.D.)