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Review: A Will of power; ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Crescent Theatre Birmingham.

Byline: JOHN SLIM

THIS is a production that would grace any professional stage and Andrew Cowie bestrides it as a towering, prowling, soliloquising Antony - a man of moods, in whom fun and tenderness rub shoulders with steely resolve.

Likewise Sarah McCaffrey is a Cleopatra of fire and Mark Thompson's Caesar of solid, unflamboyant worth. Norman Thackwray'sproduction is a thing of pace and vigour, but it finds time for a glorious drunken scene built around Bob Carradine's Lepidus. Brendan Stanley is a powerful Enobarbus, possibly the nearest Shakespeare came to providing a play with a chorus, and Cherie Rowe takes Charmian from giggling handmaid to confidante confronting regal tragedy.

There is not a weak spot. It exudes confidence and untrammelled flair. It's excellent and it runs until Saturday
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 10, 2005
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