**spoiler alert** Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare's last great tragedy. Telling the story of one of history's most famous couples, Antony and Cleop...more**spoiler alert** Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare's last great tragedy. 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 are 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 are a celebrity couple - they live their lives in public and they wield tremendous power. They are 'great' figures, and very conscious of their greatness - both are preoccupied with the figure they will cut in history. But they are also 'a soldier and his lass', 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. Cast: Cleopatra ..... Frances Barber Mark Antony ..... David Harewood Enobarbus ..... Roger Allam Ocatavius Caesar ..... Colin Tierney Lepidus / Clown ..... Ewan Hooper Octavia ..... Amanda Root Pompey / Sentry ..... Garry Cooper Charmian ..... Claire Rushbrook Iras ..... Helen Longworth Eros / Varrius ..... Paul Hilton Scarus / Alexas ..... Ben Onwukwe Decretes / Thidias / Taurus ..... Martin Hyder Philo / Canidius / Dolabella ..... Gerard McDermott Maecenas / Demetrius ..... Sean Baker Agrippa ..... Peter Marinker Ventidius / Proculeius ..... Ben Crowe Menas / Seleucus ..... Jonny Phillips Ambassador / Soothsayer ..... Ian Masters Mardian / Menecrates / Gallus ..... Peter Darney Diomedes / Watchman ..... Carl Prekopp Original music composed by Sylvia Hallett Directed by Mary Peate.
**spoiler alert** Page 56: "The important thing is to rid ourselves of the nightmare of the English and for the caliphate to return to its previous gra...more**spoiler alert** Page 56: "The important thing is to rid ourselves of the nightmare of the English and for the caliphate to return to its previous grandeur. Then they will find the way prepared to us."
Page 322: "Amazing news is spreading among the students. A delegation or "wafd" composed by the nationalist leaders Sa'd Zaghlul Pasha, Abd al-Aziz Fahmy Bey, and Ali Sha'rawi Pasha went to the British Residency in Cairo yesterday and met with the High Commissioner, requesting that the British protectorate over Egypt be lifted and independence declared."
Page 235: Tell me, brother, what can Sa'd do against a nation that now considers itself the unrivaled mistress of the world?" The mother nodded her head in agreement, as though he had been addressing her. She stated: "The revolutionary leader Urabi Pasha was one of the greatest men and one of the most courageous. Sa'd and the others are nothing compared with him. He was in the cavalry, a fighting man. What did he get from the English, boys? They imprisoned him and then exiled him to a land on the other side of the world."
Page 353: "If we don't confront terrorism with the anger it deserves, may the nation never live again. It's unthinkable for the nation to be at peace when its leader who has sacrificed himself for it suffers the torments of captivity."
Page 358: "Down with the Protectorate!" "Our fathers have been imprisoned. We don't study law in a land where the law is trampled underfoot.:
Page 373: A revolution was raging in all areas of the Nile Valley from the extreme north to the extreme south. Fahmy recounted what he knew about the railroads and telegraph and telephone lines being cut, the outbreak of demonstrations in different provinces, the battles between the English and the revolutionaries, the massacres, the martyrs, the nationalist funerals with processions with tens of coffins at a time, ant the capital city with its students, workers, and attorneys on strike, where transportation was limited to carts. He remarked heatedly, "Is this really a revolution? Let them kill as many as their savagery dictates. Death only invigorates us."
Sometimes, I think the Nobel prize is given to a particular author for "political" reasons and the litera...moreThis is the third book of the Cairo Trilogy.
Sometimes, I think the Nobel prize is given to a particular author for "political" reasons and the literary aspects are not so relevant. It's a matter of opinion of course. I am glad I managed to finished this trilogy.(less)