By William Shakespeare. National Theatre Live, from the Olivier Theatre, Southbank, London. Streaming FREE on National Theatre at Home until Thursday May 14, 2020.
In this contemporary set production of one of Shakespeare’s late and most complex, layered and contradictory plays, Ralph Fiennes plays Antony as an already fading playboy. The erstwhile war hero, in his mind responsible for young Caesar’s power, teeters on the brink of over the hill, trading on his past glories, drinks too much, getting a little porky, silver threads in beard and hair – and sexually obsessed with Sophie Okonedo’s quicksilver Cleopatra. She is skittish, imperious, girlish, peremptory, sensual, cold, impulsive, calculating, uninhi