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Antony and Cleopatra with KAS Classics

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 


Florence, Classics

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