14th December 17
Antony and Cleopatra at the Barbican Theatre: A fresh, vibrant interpretation of a classic
GCSE Latin have been translating the story of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ (inspired by the real relationship between Antony and Cleopatra) and A Level Classical Civilisation are studying Greek tragedy and Virgils’ Aeneid. Shakespeare was highly influenced by Virgil and Greek tragedy.
On Tuesday 12 December 2017 we combined this all together in a Classics trip to see the Barbican’s production of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ based on the events in Rome and Alexandria around 31 BC. It was a bold production as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome series. Students enjoyed the trip and came away from the play with a new appreciation for dramatic portrayals of the ancient world.
Quotes from Student Reviewers:
“Cleopatra was stupendous and the acting was great” – Calum, YR10
“It was amazing and fun” – Maia, YR10
“Cleopatra was a boss empress” – Bluebell, YR13
“The plot was jaw-clenching and I enjoyed it thoroughly” – Rhys, YR10
“The set started to decay as her empire started to fall” – Sophie, YR11
Favourite Quotes from the Play:
“He words me!” (Cleopatra) – Esther, YR12
“Some innocents ‘scape not the thunderbolt.” (Cleopatra) – Florence, Classics
“Indeed the tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow.” (Enobarbus) – Sheila, HE