Poetic theatre about the greatest love tragedy
Mention one of their names and the other inevitably follows. Mark Antony and Cleopatra, forever a couple. Their relationship mixed love and politics in such a way they invented the politics of love. Shakespeare wrote about them, as did the Greek philosopher Plutarch. In 1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz made the monumental film Cleopatra, starring Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
The Portuguese theatre maker Tiago Rodrigues, whose work is described as subversive and poetic, uses all these sources in a theatrical quest for the core of this doomed love between an Egyptian queen and a Roman leader. Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz play a contemporary Antony and Cleopatra. Together they create an amusing and moving universe in which the roles are reversed. background information Tiago Rodrigues’ production of Antony and Cleopatra is a contemporary version of an age-old love story about the Roman general Mark Antony and the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.
Tiago Rodrigues (1977) has been the artistic director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (TNDM II), the Portuguese national theatre in Lisbon, since 2015. He is known as a versatile theatre-maker .
text Tiago Rodrigues with quotes from William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra direction Tiago Rodrigues with Sofia Dias, Vitor Roriz set Ângela Rocha costumes Ângela Rocha, Magda Bizarro light Nuno Meira music excerpts from the soundtrack of the movie Cleopatra (1963), composed by Alex North artistic collaboration Maria João Serrão, Thomas Walgrave set construction Decor Galamba English translation Joana Frazão executive production Rita Forjaz executive production on the original creation Magda Bizarro, Rita Mendes production Teatro Nacional
An introduction to this performance takes place at 20:15 hours.
On Wednesday June 5, it is possible to meet the artists after the show.