Shakespeare's genre-defying masterpiece gets a new treatment at the Stockwell Playhouse this July.
Part of the East 15 MFA Theatre Directing Showcase
Perhaps Shakespeare's most intimate look at the price of fame and the limits of love, Antony & Cleopatra is a wild and sweeping story that poses a timely question to modern audiences: What is a woman's role in power?
Who are WE?
The Company of Antony & Cleopatra is made up of an international team of young actors and creatives all working in London--appearing in the cast are graduates from RADA, Drama Studio London, East 15 Acting School, Guilford School of Acting, Rose Bruford, and more.
Nick Leos (Director) is an international theatre director originally from Dallas, Texas--now completing his MFA degree in Theatre Directing at East 15 Acting School. He has directed Free Solo: A New Musical at the Drayton Arms, and In The Continuum at the Bread and Roses Theatre. He has been assistant director for productions of Romeo and Juliet (East 15), Neaptide (The Arcola), Educating Rita (The Queens Theatre Hornchurch) and Catch Me If You Can (First National Tour) www.nickleos.com
Daniela Stirbulov (Assistant Director) is an international theatre director from São Paulo, Brazil. She is also a graduate of the East 15 Acting School Theatre Directing program. She has directed Loucas de Pedra, Menino Maluquino O Musical , and been resident director Os Dez Mandamentos O Musical and Memórias de um Giogolô in Brazil.
Laura Arroyo-Rocha, Sylvia Spyratou and Ioanna Lantzanakis are extremely talented graduates from Wimbledon College of Art's Theatre Design MA program. They have teamed up to design all three East 15 shows that will be happening in Stockwell Playhouse.
SOUND DESIGNER: Julian Starr
Yoko Williams as Cleopatra
George Ronayne as Antony
Larisa Muñoz as Caesar
Katriona Brown as Enobarbus
Frederick Di Rosa as Agrippa
Dominic Charman as Charmian
Gabrielle Desaumarez as Alexas/Diomedes/Others
Anna Fontaine as Lepidus/Ambassador/Snake Handler
Henry Thompson as Messenger/Eros/Others
Paul Brayward as Soothsayer/Thidias/Others
Molly Murphy as Maceneas/Canidius/Others
Francesca Sales as Pompey/Iras/Others
Rory Moncaster as Menas/Proculeius/Others
Johannes Neubert as Mardian/Scarus/Others
Nyiri Karakas as Octavia/Dolabella/Others
We are teleporting the story of Antony & Cleopatra from the ancient world to 1970s New York City. The forces of corruption, financial collapse, and political strife brush up against a world of disco, dreams, and sexual liberty.
Driven by a passion for Shakespeare's timeless text, we are hoping to create a production that examines the female relationship to power, by recasting some of the lead roles as women, and employing women to play male roles. We want to examine Shakespeare's commentary on gender and how it reflects our modern interpretations of female empowerment.
We are seeking crowdfunding to help bring our vision to life for London audiences. All of the funds raised through this campaign will go directly into helping produce this expansive piece. We are hard at work rehearsing, researching, and developing this play, and are planning to use the funds to execute the design of the show, and to reimburse actors for time and travel expenses.
Where will the money go?
- Our minimum goal will help pay for our set and costumes, as well as a fair fee to the designers. This will mean that the cast won't be paid except for an even share of the ticket sales. If we hit our full target, this is how we have broken down the budgeted amount, giving all designers and cast members fair pay:
- £1250 Set + 15 Costumes
- £300 Designer fee (£100 for each designer)
- £1,125 Actors - rehearsals and 2 performances (£75 x 15 Actors)
- £110 Rehearsal space
- £75 Assistant Director
- £75 Stage Manager
- £100 Photographer and Videographer
- £75 Sound Designer
- £100 Posters/Flyers/Programs
- £50 Facebook Ads
There are great rewards available for every level of pledge--even access to a secret one character whispers to another during the show, and prop vinyl records signed by the Company
Find us here