Cleopatra and Antony live and die for a dare. How much can you love me? How far dare you go?
“I’ll set a limit how far to be beloved” – Cleopatra
Their first words in this play set each other a test, a challenge to define the limits of love, the possibilities of desire and co-dependency.
Shakespeare, near the end of a career of built on epic love stories, sets himself the same test – can he write a dramatic love poem so rich as to convince us that the whole world is worth losing for love? That two people can have it all and lose the lot in the name of devotion.
In their astonishing poetry, Antony and Cleopatra melt together to form a shared identity, the Tiber and the Nile flowing together in their blood. When they break apart, and this play rips them apart at every turn, they are no longer able to sustain their physical shape – they become “indistinct, like water is in water”. This is Romeo and Juliet for a broken, middle-aged, power-stained and life-wearied couple, with half the known world at their fingertips and an impossible dream on their lips.
Sport for Jove’s acclaimed Summer Shakespeare Season, now in it’s 8th successful year, has become a must-see on the NSW theatrical calendar. This year we go on a Roman Holiday – with two of Shakespeare's greatest plays - the epic tale of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. Julius Caesar’s streamlined political drama explodes into a gigantic sprawling geo-political struggle for control between the world’s wealthiest western power and the endlessly alluring middle east, a clash of cultures and philosophies of living writ large, but made deeply intimate by Shakespeare’s portrait of two vulnerable souls addicted to each other and their dreadful fate.
Where: Bella Vista Farm Park, Baulkham Hills and Everglades Garden, Leura