Byre chosen as venue for international film screening

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The Byre Theatre is one of a number of cinemas in the UK and USA selected to screen Antony and Cleopatra next Thursday as part of the 2015 Globe on Screen season of Roman tragedies.

The aim of Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen is to offer audiences a ticket to the best seat in the house from the comfort of their local cinema, and the chance to experience the unique magic of the world-famous Globe Theatre, all captured in high definition and full surround sound.

Antony and Cleopatra picks up Antony’s story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, love and politics combine in Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence.

The Globe’s 2014 envisioning of this iconic play encapsulates these themes whilst deftly threading a sense of comedy throughout.

The most geographically sweeping of Shakespeare’s plays, Antony and Cleopatra’s setting is the entire Roman Empire, and is based on one of the most famous relationships in history; the affair between Antony, at the height of his power, and Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt.

Cleopatra has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, the cast for Antony and Cleopatra also includes Ignatius Anthony, Peter Bankolé, Jonathan Bonnici, Phillip Correia, Jolyon Coy, Phil Daniels, Paul Hamilton, James Hayes, Rosie Hilal, Sean Jackson, Daniel Rabin, Sirine Saba, Obioma Ugoala and Clive Wood.

The Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2015 season has so far seen The Duchess of Malfi, Titus Andronicus and Globe Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole’s sell-out envisioning of Roman classic Julius Caesar screen internationally in over 300 cinemas. The final screening of productions from the Globe’s summer 2014 ‘Arms and the Man’ season will be the uproariously chaotic The Comedy of Errors.

Tickets to experience spellbinding theatre from the London home of Shakespeare on Thursday, June 4 are now on sale and screenings around the world can be found at www.globeonscreen.com.

UK multiplex cinemas will be screening Antony and Cleopatra on Thursday, June 18.