This Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse production will be directed by Janet Suzman who revisits Shakespeare's epic tragedy of passion and power 37 years after her career-defining performance as the Queen of Egypt.
Two ancient civilizations grapple for power as East meets West, honour and desire collide in a sweeping tale of war, intrigue and passion. This is the entrancing story of an all encompassing love that destroys an empire.Suzman will bring Shakespeare’s profound, multi-layered vision to life in a thrilling modern adaptation. Janet trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) before becoming a member of the RSC playing many of the Shakespearian heroines, and where her own Cleopatra in 1973 is widely considered a definitive performance.
Antony and Cleopatra will see Kim Cattrall take to the stage in her home city for the first time. A graduate of LAMDA, Kim has gone on to become a Golden Globe Award-winner for her portrayal of Samantha Jones in the HBO TV series Sex and the City. Her film roles include The Ghost, Meeting Monica Valour, and Mannequin, while earlier this year she received rave reviews for her role of Amanda in Sir Richard Eyre’s West End play of Noel Coward’s comedy Private Lives. Kim has previously worked with Janet in the acclaimed West End production of Brian Clark's Whose Life Is It, Anyway? at the Comedy Theatre in 2005. Jeffery Kissoon has worked with many great theatre directors, such as Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Trevor Nunn and Sir Peter Hall and his theatre credits include extensive work for the RSC, the National Theatre and the Barbican. Kissoon also previously played Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at the Liverpool Everyman in 1990.
Joining the leads are Ian Hogg as Enobarbus and Martin Hutson as Octavius Cesar. The distinguished cast also includes Ross Armstrong, Alex Blake, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Gracy Goldman, Martin Herdman, Oliver Hoare, Muzz Khan, Aicha Kossoko, Simon Manyonda, Offue Okegbe, Robert Orme, Bhasker Patel, Ken Shorter and Mark Sutherland.
The creative team includes Designer Peter McKintosh (Tony Award Nominee for The 39 Steps, Olivier Award Nominee for Hello Dolly at Regents Park), Lighting Designer Paul Pyant, who has worked extensively with the RSC, National Theatre and Donmar Warehouse, and Sound Designer Sebastian Frost (Tony Award for Sunday in the Park with George in 2008).
Antony and Cleopatra is at the Liverpool Playhouse between Friday 8 October and Saturday 13 November.