Antony and Cleopatra

Antony & Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s greatest historical love story.

Antony is captivated by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Gossip and scandal lead to plots of murder and battles.

Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar and Lepidus, having defeated Julius Caesar’s assassins at Philippi, now rule the Roman Empire as a triumvirate.

While in Alexandria however, Antony has become captivated by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (and mother to Julius Caesar’s illegitimate son, Caesarion). The gossip and scandal this is creating both amongst Romans in Alexandria and at home in Rome gives rise to dissension between Octavius and Antony, whose behaviour is felt to be debauched and ‘un-Roman’.