Antony and CleopatraHistory Literacy
Musical styles include Eastern, ballad, blues, march & waltz.
Ages: 9 to 15, Duration: 50 to 60 minutes
Based on Shakespeare's famous tragedy, this musical tells of the intrigues and conflicts 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 a luxurious life in her palace, and loyalty to his Roman comrades. Cleopatra is enraged when Antony returns to Rome to marry Caesar's sister, Octavia. He returns to the Queen, but in the end is defeated by Caesar in sea and land battles.
To clarify this plot, the performance area is divided into three areas: Egypt, Rome and 'At Sea'. Shakespeare's text is carefully edited and reduced. An alternative shorter Rhyming Script is also available. The Director's Book contains both, so teachers can choose which is most suitable for their pupils. Each version provides an excellent introduction for young performers or students learning English as a foreign language.
Solo speaking & Group singing: 25 to 50 (* = 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
Choruses: Guards, Soldiers, Sailors, Entourage, Followers, Attendants, Egyptian Dancers
Shakespeare, Plays, Poetry, Myths & Legends, Theatre: Elizabethan Literature, Historic Places & People, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt: Relationships, Conflict & Resolution, Differences & Similarities, Bullying
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