P452 Teletext 455 Oct23 21:01:00  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, The National Theatre. 0171 452 3000. To have played Cleopatra three times in 3p!zears is a considerable achievement even for a star of Helen Mirren's radiance. With her track record it's not surprising that she is the focal and fixed point of Sean Mathias' otherwise deeply disappointing new staging. It disappoints despite the presence of movie luminary Alan Rickman as Antony. ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— by Sheridan Morley TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 455 Oct23 21:00:00  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, The National Theatre. 0171 452 3000. Alan Rickman's Antony starts the nearly four-hour evening in a state of apparent near exhaustion and world-weariness. Once he is brought low in battle by Cleo's treachery, there is not much further for him to fall. Moreover, director Sean Matthias' usual determination to stamp his name all over the show means we get weird moments of line-dancing. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— by Sheridan Morley TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 455 Oct23 21:00:03  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, The National Theatre. 0171 452 3000. A disconcerting feature is Tim Hatley's set which incarcerates the Romans in a kind of grubby perspex greenhouse. Cleo's death scene seems to take place in a cut-price candle warehouse. The majesty of the tragedy is missing. Enobarbus, instead of being the grizzled old warrior, seems to have wandered in from some gay bar in downtown Alexandria. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— by Sheridan Morley TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 455 Oct23 21:00:00  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, The National Theatre. 0171 452 3000. The cast were not much helped by having to crawl, almost on their knees, through an opening in another daft set which someone failed to raise to the right height. For a national theatre company run by one of the greatest Shakespearean directors of our time, Trevor Nunn, this trendy mishmash is not good enough at any level. The acoustics are also terrible. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— by Sheridan Morley TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 455 Oct23 21:00:00  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, The National Theatre. 0171 452 3000. Not even the briefly nude Helen Mirren can save a production in which fairy dust and camp gay ballet routines seem to have replaced any real love or knowledge of the text. ——————————————————————————————————————— FILM REVIEW PHONELINE 0906 471 0501 To hear our latest movie reviews press 1 Titanic; 2 The Truman Show; 3 Mulan; 4 Saving Private Ryan; 5 There's Something About Mary. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— T+ 60p/min. May involve long call NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
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