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Antony and Cleopatra at Maynardville


What sounds more deliciously cultured than picnics and Shakespeare in the park?

In a tradition that has truly stood the test of time, Antony and Cleopatra is Maynardville's 55th annual open-air Shakespeare. This drama of lust and politics is considered one of Shakespeare's most provocative and indulgent works and, despite their contextual grandeur, Shakespeare sensitively reduces them to flawed, mortal lovers of wanting contradiction. Written at the height of his literary capacity, this epic incites some of Shakespeare's most sensual poetry.

With excellent reviews and a starry-eyed, award-winning cast  – (Tinarie van Wyk Loots (Cleopatra), André Weideman (Antony), Caesar (Andrew Laubscher), Eros (Clyde Berning), Sextus Pompius, a rebel (Nick Pauling) – Artscape presents an incredible addition to Maynardville's outdoor theatre ritual.

The evening invites a lazy pre-show picnic and for those wanting the magic without the mess, picnic hampers can be pre-booked from the Picnic Company (021 706 8470 or ). A definite do for Bambi-eyed optimists already planning Valentine's Day (or the evening before – the last show).

Special times & prices:

12 – 15 Jan: Preview nights – 2 tickets for price of 1
16 Jan: Gala opening night
18 – 19 Jan: Family night @ 19:45 – 22:30
25 – 26 Jan: Family & School night @ 19:45 – 22:30
1 – 3 Feb & 8 – 10 Feb: School nights ONLY @ 19:45 – 22h30

13 February An early Valentine's eve, with prizes and giveaways.

Book tickets at Computicket outlets, or Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695. For more information visit or


  1. Excellent play, great actors and with the weather being just great, I couldn’t have been anywhere better than watching them perform.

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