Review | Bard in the Botanics – Antony & Cleopatra

Performances: 22 June – 7 July 2018 at 8pm (no performances Sundays and Mondays)

The blistering heat and tropical shrubbery inside Kibble Palace, the Victorian glass house in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, makes the perfect setting for Gordon Barr’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra.  This production, one of four offered by Bard in the Botanics as part of their ‘star cross’d lovers’ season, smoulders from start to finish.  The cast of eight – one of the largest to date in the glass house – masterfully present a story of passion, duty and jealousy as the audience are transported between Rome and Egypt.  Nicole Cooper’s Cleopatra captures the hedonistic, powerful and sensual Queen, demanding but ultimately insecure in her relationship with Antony, played by Andy Clark, who successfully portrays a mesmerised, conflicted and ultimately defeated man.

This production is another runaway success for Bard in the Botanics.  The company will introduce their next two plays, Much Ado About Nothing and Edward II on 11th and 12th July respectively.

Tickets available by telephone: 0141 429 0022 or online: www.bardinthebotanics.co.uk Cash/cheques only ticket booth in the Botanic Gardens on performance nights.

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