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A classic tale with a modern twist
It's a treat to be able to attend the screening of a National Theatre performance and thank goodness for The Palace Cinemas, who regularly serve up these amazing plays straight from the London Stage.
The most recent screening is of Shakespeare's play, Antony and Cleopatra, written about the love story of two icons of history. The play takes place after Caesar's death with Marc Antony at the helm of Rome. He falls desperately in love with the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra and finds himself on a knife edge's between duty and romance.
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star
Simon Godwin directs this epic story and has given it a modern twist, with the cast all wearing contemporary clothing. This production stars acting heavy-weights Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the title characters and it's incredible to think I'm sitting here in a Sydney cinema watching these amazing actors perform. Throughout the epic play, they never falter or lose concentration on the world they've created for an instant.
Likewise, the supporting cast are wonderful. Hannah Morrish is particularly impressive as Antony's wife, Octavia, struggling with her husband's attachment to Cleopatra.
I wasn't sure how effective it would be to watch a stage play through a screen, but after this experience, I can safely say that when it is filmed well, it can be incredibly effective. I was moved throughout the play, despite being a level removed from the onstage action.
Certainly, there is no substitute for seeing theatre in the flesh, but The National Theatre Live screenings at the Palace Cinema are a brilliant way to make sure you don't miss out on the amazing theatre being performed on the other side of the world.