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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,032 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Frances Barber, David Harewood Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio 3 full-cast enactment of Shakespeare's last great tragedy, 'Antony and Cleopatra', with David Harewood and Frances Barber in the title roles.

Originally broadcast as part of the 'Drama on 3' series on 27 June 2010. Telling the story of one of history's most famous couples, 'Antony and Cleopatra' contains some of the most beautiful poetry in the English Language. Shakespeare's last great tragedy is an epic play of action set against a huge political and geographical backdrop, but at the centre of the play is a story about what happens when two people fall in love. In this play, love is a madness that leads to excess and imbalance. Antony and Cleopatra is middle-aged people who have loved before and often, and they seize this late love as if it is their last chance. Their love possesses them and destroys all rational behaviour. Antony and Cleopatra live their lives in public and wield tremendous power. Both are preoccupied with the figure they will cut in history, but they are also driven by common human emotions. Shakespeare shows that great natures can produce great vices as well as great virtues - we see their vanity, cruelty and irresponsibility. Like glamorous stars, Antony and Cleopatra are both deeply attractive and open to harsh judgement.

Starring Frances Barber as Cleopatra, David Harewood as Mark Antony, Roger Allam as Enobarbus and Colin Tierney as Ocatavius Caesar. Also featured in the cast are Ewan Hooper, Amanda Root, Garry Cooper, Claire Rushbrook, Helen Longworth, Paul Hilton, Ben Onwukwe and Martin Hyder. With original music composed by Sylvia Hallett, the play was directed by Mary Peate.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audra Marvin | 2/16/2014

    " Because it's Shakespeare, it's good. But it's not his best play. Antony & Cleopatra are both immature, whining brats, and they were hard to stomach at times. Cleopatra is also manipulative and really bitchy. Glad I read it but not sorry it's over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/9/2014

    " Two wonderful characters, but too many scenes to-ing and fro-ing to sort out the political background of Pompey and the triumverate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dead letter office | 1/25/2014

    " with henry IV, part 1 my favorite of the histories. but then, i didn't really read many of the histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/21/2014

    " Another classic but I really think it would be better to have read this before Caesar but they both stand on there own very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Cokes | 1/21/2014

    " A good play, not as confusing as the others, great plot and great characterisation. I had a audio-book playing at the same time, made reading of it so much easier and come more alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " I listened to this on audiobook. Audio was pretty good, but I had a hard time getting into Shakespeare. It reminded me of being in high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cy | 1/14/2014

    " Easily one of my top three plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yair Bezalel | 1/14/2014

    " Pure, powerhouse, at times contradictory spectacle. I enjoyed it very much but found it somehow more shallow than Shakespeare's other tragedies. Almost like it was a story self consciously aware of its owns surface level concerns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trelesa | 1/4/2014

    " I was disappointed at how much time Cleopatra spent begging forgiveness, and whining, after yet again leading Antony astray. And Antony, seriously, wake up and quit being lead astray! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/23/2013

    " An entertaining play, to be sure, but it does not have the same kind of impact as other great Shakespearean tragedies, such as Macbeth or Romeo&Juliet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/11/2013

    " My favourite book by Shakespeare. I absolutely adore the character of Cleopatra...even though she's a bitch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine | 7/20/2013

    " i wrote a great paper on explitives for this one. what a great play. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 1/25/2013

    " If you want adults acting like ridiculously self-centered and immature teenagers then this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shivanee (Novel Niche) | 1/20/2013

    " They're messy, tempestuous, difficult and overbearing, and we wouldn't want to read them any other way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 9/26/2012

    " Found it very surprising. More of a political than a romantic play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 7/31/2012

    " Tragic, but excellent (of course it is, it's Shakespeare). Note the comparisons between Rome and Egypt. It's really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maritza | 7/10/2012

    " This has to be my favorite Shakespeare play I have read to this day. The way Shakespeare uses his characters and explores the gender differences is really modern. Cleopatra is my favorite character ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeynep Suner | 12/24/2011

    " My first Shakespeare play. It was a difficult try for the age of ten :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 11/20/2011

    " This is a BBC audiobook performance of Shakespeare's play. The plot is too complex to describe. The actors do a great job of portraying the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/7/2011

    " So many oppositions; countries, the sexes, ideals.....a grand scale of luxuriant love and war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/10/2011

    " I loved Cleopatra in this. Her total disregard of others but herself was hilarious. When Anthony was dying, he was speaking his last words and she was like, "wait, let me say something" hahahaa classic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 9/4/2011

    " so sad! but definitely better than romeo and juliet if you're looking for a love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/14/2011

    " Just when you think Cleopatra is written here as a jealous wifey type, the bard surprises you again and fills out the picture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/4/2011

    " This is a very good, evocative play, and I'm a bit surprised it's overlooked so often. There are a lot of great characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 4/25/2011

    " Listened to this as an audiobook first, then read the text. Going to see the play in a few weeks and had never read this one. Not difficult. Great love story with attraction, power (political and sexual)and wit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyanea | 4/10/2011

    " Easily one of my top three plays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/7/2011

    " Reading Stacy Schiff's biography of Cleopatra was immensely helpful to understand the back story and much of the action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mpho3 | 4/5/2011

    " One of my favorite of Shakespeare's, along with Othello and Hamlet. This one condenses about 12 years of history into a few months, though apparently Cleopatra was not the same airheaded, love-struck woman as she is portrayed here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rasha Ashraf Ashraf | 4/4/2011

    " Cleopatra was really such a manipulato oman,, but hhhh e all are :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 3/12/2011

    " Am asked what I think of this play. Slightly feverish, eating oatmeal, I mutter: "I thought they were all stupid."

    Obviously, will have to read some secondary sources to appreciate this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/12/2011

    " *Read for school*

    Fun read, rather long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/1/2011

    " Two stars for enjoyment of reading, but four stars for fascination about the IRL Anthony And Cleo, so, three stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/28/2011

    " My absolute favorite Shakespearean play! Go to my blog for more information. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fritz | 2/24/2011

    " I didn't love the story, but the audio production was great. I love this series of Shakespeare plays, and am glad I listened to this one.

    Overall, though, the story didn't capture my imagination as others do. "

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Author William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.