PHILIP DOSSICK

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Antony and Cleopatra

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Antony and Cleopatra

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Written at the summit of Shakespeare’s career and featuring some of his most soaring poetry, Antony and Cleopatra is both an immortal love story and a political drama played out on a global scale.

In no other play has Shakespeare created two such equally titanic personages as Rome's great soldier-statesman Mark Antony and the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

The love they share, and the physical passion that comes with it, is of such hopeless intensity that only those in love for the very first time can comprehend it—a dazzling combination of passion, hatred and high tragedy.

Their irresistible attraction, their jealous quarrels and betrayals, and the effects on friends and subjects of their ruinous choices is a dazzling commixture of lustful emotion, silken bombast, and pure evil.

It comprises some of the most haunting and exquisite poetry ever written, dealing with such timeless subjects as murder, betrayal, the lust for power, and the devastation wreaked by Hubris.

 

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616) was an English playwright poet, and actor, regarded as the world's pre-eminent dramatist, and the greatest writer in the English language. Author of such timeless works as Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet and King Lear, he is often called the “Bard of Avon,” England's national poet.

 

 

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