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Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in “Anthony & Cleopatra”

A great tragedy of politics, passion and power will play out on the big screen in Newport this Friday, Feb. 1, as National Theatre Live presents “Anthony & Cleopatra” Live in HD.

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in this lavish production, directed by Simon Godwin.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Since its first season, which began in June 2009, millions have experienced the National’s work on movie screens worldwide.

Friday’s screening will start at 7 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street. Tickets, $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for students, are available at www.coastarts.org.

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