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Cleopatra - Hope Theatre

Cleopatra

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GARETH Cadwallader’s Cleopatra, a witty, irreverent take on a two thousand year-old story, receives its world premiere at the Hope Theatre, where it runs from January 7 to February 1, 2014.

Packed off to stay in a house on the wrong side of the Tiber, Cleopatra waits for news from the Senate. Will the law allowing her to marry Julius Caesar and rule the world be passed?

Cleopatra whiles away the time by attempting to seduce the incorruptible Brutus, keep irresistible Antony away from her servants, and even to adopt Caesar’s heir Octavius. But it is the Ides of March, and as the shadows lengthen, Caesar still does not appear…

Cleopatra arrives at the Hope Theatre fresh from a successful development period as part of the King’s Head Theatre’s Without Décor season.

Mary Franklin (The Young Visiters, Hen and Chickens, Feather, Arcola Theatre, Gormenghast, Pleasance Theatre) directs a cast led by Shelley Lang (Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, I Never Get Dressed ‘til After Dark on Sundays) as the mercurial Egyptian queen, who isn’t going to let a little thing like an assassination get the better of her.

Joining Lang in the cast are Hamish Macdougall (as Marcus Brutus), Mark Edel-Hunt (Mark Antony), Jordan Mallory-Skinner (Mardian), Alex Bedward (Iras), Marianne Chase (Charmian) and Richard Mason (Octavius).

The production is designed by Amy Job, with lighting by Seth Rook Williams.

Tickets: £10 – £14. Previews (January 7, 8 and 9) £10. To book, call the box office on 020 7478 0160 or visit kingsheadtheatre.com/hope-theatre.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday, February 1 at 3pm.