Antony & Cleopatra
A Retractatio of the love affair that crosses continents. One of Shakespeare’s later plays tackles some of the geo-politics of antiquity, the passionate connection between two great leaders, while spanning the Mediterranean from Rome to Asia Minor and beyond to Egypt. All in all an epic journey.
performance dates & tickets
Antony & Cleopatra will premiere October 7th at the Internationales Theater Frankfurt with performances throughout the 21-22 season. Please reserve your tickets at Internationales Theater Frankfurt.
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This production of Antony and Cleopatra is a sensual journey through the Ancient world. Our focus, as always at Shakespeare Frankfurt, is to first tell the story. To do this we put 6 actors and 6 structures on a stage, with a dynamic light and sound design, together with Shakespeare’s text we bring to life a place and time rich with history, legend and an epic love affair.
The actors, Varvara Pomoni, Jim Phetterplace Jr., Jonathan Roth, James Bailey, Susanna Mauer and Antonia Görge all have extensive professional credits and are core ensemble members of Shakespeare Frankfurt. Together they play over 20 different characters, all with depth and specificity.
I wanted a clean and sleek production with little to get in the way of the audience taking in the story. To achieve this the Japanese concept of Ma (negative space) was used in the design to allude to place and time while giving the actors a space to work in with levels and a variety of playing spaces, this creates a form of storytelling that has pace, continuity, and structure while also asking the audience to explore their own imaginations. Shakespeare borrowed most of his narrative directly from Plutarch, we used this as a starting point but made a small handful of adjustments to the text to support the design of a 6-person team of performers.
Covid put us all in the arts on the backfoot and we hope this epic journey will remind our audiences that live storytelling is an important part of who we are and where we come from.
PJ Escobio – Director, Costume Designer
Damien Ntuk – Set Designer/Technical Director
Alex Eirich – Lighting Designer
Artun Otter and Lewis Lenk – Sound Designers
Lena Langenkamp – Costume Construction
James E. Bailey – Costume Supervisor
Camille Clair and Albert Dietrich – Set Painters
Vera Mark – Run Crew Captain
Nathan Dodd – Run Crew
Renard Yearby – Run Crew
Jasmina Francetic – Run Crew
Patrick Joyce – Run Crew
Stephan Junek – Show and rehearsal photography
Marta Torres – Rehearsal photography