Antony and Cleopatra (1974 TV drama)

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Antony and Cleopatra
Directed by Jon Scoffield
Produced by
  • Lorna Mason
  • Cecil Clarke
Written by William Shakespeare
Music by Guy Woolfenden
Distributed by ITV (original TV broadcast)
Release date
  • 28 July 1974 (UK)
  • 4 January 1975 (USA)
Running time
161 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Antony and Cleopatra is a 1974 British videotaped television production of William Shakespeare's 1606 play of the same name, produced by ATV (which was distributed internationally by ITC) starring Richard Johnson as Mark Antony, Janet Suzman as Cleopatra, and Patrick Stewart as Enobarbus. It was directed by Jon Scoffield and is an adaptation of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of the play. It features then-little-known Ben Kingsley and Tim Pigott-Smith in small roles.

As of 2014, this production was the last made-for-TV Shakespeare adaptation to have its American network premiere on U.S. commercial television. Olivier's King Lear was shown in the U.S. in 1984 in syndication rather than on a single network.


Deviations from the play[edit]

The major character of Sextus Pompey, who figures significantly in the plot in Act II, was completely excised from this production.

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