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Royal Shakespeare Company's 'Antony and Cleopatra' coming to Miami Beach

The cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 'Antony and Cleopatra,' which comes to Miami Beach's Colony Theatre for a month-long run
The cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 'Antony and Cleopatra,' which comes to Miami Beach's Colony Theatre for a month-long run
Hugo Glendinning

South Florida audiences will have the extraordinary opportunity to see the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "Antony and Cleopatra" without having to fly to the UK when the show debuts in Miami Beach this week for a month-long run.

'Antony and Cleopatra' will run from Friday, Jan. 10 to Feb. 9 at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach before heading to New York City to debut at The Public Theater. It is a co-production of GableStage, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Public.

"We are collaborating with two of the world's most prestigious theaters -- The Public in New York City and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK - on what promises to be one of the most exciting cultural events in our city's history," said Joseph Adler, producing artistic director of GableStage.

The show stars the original cast and the production is directed by Miami's own Tarell Alvin McCraney, who adapted the Shakespearean classic. "We had been talking about such a collaboration for year but Terrell is the common link. He has worked for all three theaters so it was he who put us all together," said Adler.

McCraney, an award-winning American playwright and actor, is a former playwright-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company who is now a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble. His plays have also been put on by GableStage and The Public Theater.

In McCraney's stripped down version of 'Antony and Cleopatra,' the playwright has reenvisioned the romantic drama, relocating it to Haiti and resetting it in the 18th century, where the romantic story unfolds against the backdrop of the politics and intrigue that surrounded that country's revolution against France.

In addition to the performances at the Colony Theatre, the cast will also perform the show during the day for thousands of Miami Dade public school students.

There will be a special gala fundraising performance for the educational component of the project this Thursday, Jan. 9. The tickets to this special performance, which includes a meet-and-greet with the cast and a catered party, are $250 ($200 for GableStage subscribers). The ticket price for the regular run of the show is $65.

More info: GableStage

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