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National Theatre At Home to screen Ralph Fiennes with Sophie Okonedo in Antony and Cleopatra

Acclaimed actor Ralph Fiennes will star in the latest production to be aired for free as part of the National Theatre Live programme during lockdown.

The Harry Potter and English Patient star will appear in Antony & Cleopatra for the latest screening of National Theatre At Home on Thursday, May 7.

Antony and Cleopatra is being staged by NT Live Picture: Johan Persson
Antony and Cleopatra is being staged by NT Live Picture: Johan Persson

He stars alongside Sophie Okonedo in the production which will screen on the National Theatre's YouTube channel at 7pm.

The theatre schedule has proved hugely popular since it was launched as theatres were forced to close, with theatre lovers tuning in in their millions to watch highly acclaimed shows, such as last week's Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony (Ralph Fiennes) now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra (Sophie Okonedo The Hollow Crown, Mrs Mandela) and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star in Anotny and Cleopatra for NT Live Picture: Johan Persson
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star in Anotny and Cleopatra for NT Live Picture: Johan Persson

In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Politics and passion are violently intertwined in Shakespeare’s gripping tale of power.

Sophie Okonedo stars in Antony and Cleopatra Picture: Johan Persson
Sophie Okonedo stars in Antony and Cleopatra Picture: Johan Persson

National Theatre At Home is also staging an online quiz on the last Monday of each month with familiar faces from the world of stage and screen as the quizmasters via the NT’s YouTube channel and Facebook page live at 7pm.

Watch a trailer here:

* The Royal Shakespeare Company is also giving access to six acclaimed productions on BBC iPlayer which include Macbeth (2018), directed by Polly Findlay with Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack; Hamlet (2016), directed by Simon Godwin with Paapa Essiedu; Romeo and Juliet(2018), directed by our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman; Much Ado About Nothing (2014), directed by Christopher Luscombe; Othello (2015), directed by Iqbal Khan with Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati and The Merchant of Venice (2015), directed by Polly Findlay.

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