Antony and CleopatraLiterature
This dramatic musical offers two text versions - shortened original and modern rhyming. Both provide a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young pupils. It tells of the intrigue, infatuation and battles that brought about the downfall of Mark Antony, Roman Triumvir, and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. While she schemes to hold on to Antony and her power, he is torn between the luxurious life of her Egyptian court, and loyalty to his Roman comrades and wives. It ends tragically for them when Antony is betrayed by Cleopatra and defeated by Caesar.
Ages: 9 to 15; KS2, KS3, Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Cast: 25 to 45 solo speaking & group singing parts (*Solo singing)
Narrators: 1 to 6
Romans: Mark Antony*, Enobarbus*, Demetrius, Philo, Eros, Candidus, Scarus, Ventidius, Silus, Decretas, Octavius Caesar, Octavia*, Maecenas, Agrippa, Taurus, Thidias, Dolabella, Lepidus, Sextus Pompeius, Menecrates, Menas, Varrius, Gallus, Proculeius, Messengers
Egyptians: Cleopatra*, Charmian*, Iras*, Alexas, Mardian, Clown, Soothsayers, Messengers
Class choruses: Soldiers, Sailors, Followers, Attendants, Egyptian Dancers
Music: 10 songs & dances in musical styles including Eastern, ballad, blues, march & waltz.
CURRICULUM THEMES & TOPICS
Shakespeare, Plays, Poetry, Myths & Legends, Theatre, Historic Places & People, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt: Relationships, Conflict & Resolution
Review: You really have a gift for writing music...Again, thank you for being part of a wonderful experience for these 6th grade students. They totally embraced the story and the characters. Joseph Palmore, Hawaii
A Performing Licence is required to perform 'Antony & Cleopatra' to a public audience including parents.
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