Poetic theatre about the greatest love tragedy

Antony and Cleopatra

Tiago Rodrigues, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

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Mention one of their names and the other inevitably follows. Mark Antony and Cleopatra, forever a couple. Their relationship mixed love and politics in such a way they invented the politics of love. Shakespeare wrote about them, as did the Greek philosopher Plutarch. In 1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz made the monumental film Cleopatra, starring Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The Portuguese theatre maker Tiago Rodrigues, whose work is described as subversive and poetic, uses all these sources in a theatrical quest for the core of this doomed love between an Egyptian queen and a Roman leader. Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz play a contemporary Antony and Cleopatra. Together they create an amusing and moving universe in which the roles are reversed.

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