Weston cinema to show live Shakespearean play

Anthony and Cleopatra will air at the Odeon cinema. Picture: Johan Persson

Anthony and Cleopatra will air at the Odeon cinema. Picture: Johan Persson - Credit: Johan Persson

The Odeon will show the National Theatre Live’s interpretation of Shakespearean tragedy Antony and Cleopatra – and the Mercury is giving people a chance to win tickets to see the show.

Actors Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo will play ruler of the Roman Empire, Antony, and the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, respectively in a tale of tragedy, politics and power.

The live theatre performance will showcase the story of Antony and Cleopatra’s affair in war-torn Rome and Egypt, which ends tragically for the pair after they fall fiercely in love with each other.

Director Simon Godwin brings a Weston and Bristol audience his production, having previously staged Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

He was associate director of the Royal Court theatre where he directed seven plays – including Routes, Goodbye To All That and Wanderlust, which saw him long-listed for the Evening Standard Awards’ best newcomer in 2010.

The Shakespearean tragedy falls into several genres, including comedy, romance and history and was first performed in the 1600s.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and is widely considered as one of the world’s greatest ever playwrights.

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He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets and married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 years old.

The play will be broadcast live at Weston Odeon on December 6 at 7pm.

Tickets, priced £15.75, are available online at www.odeon.co.uk

The Mercury has teamed up with Weston Odeon to offer readers a chance to win three pairs of tickets to see the show.

To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: Where was William Shakespeare born?

Send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number to Antony and Cleopatra competition, Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW.

Alternatively, you can enter the competition online at www.thewestonmercury.co.uk by 10am on December 7.

By entering this competition you agree to be contacted by Archant about it.

Usual Archant competition rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.