RT's Jane Anderson on Branagh's Shakespeare
Radio Times, April 2014
They may not have much money in the kitty but Radio 3's global reputation as the finest arts broadcaster is still enough to secure two Hollywood stars.
Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, critically acclaimed for their performances in 'Macbeth' at the Manchester International Festival last year, portray another doomed Shakespearean team in a new production of 'Antony and Cleopatra' on Easter Sunday.
When asked about his decision, Branagh replied: 'I'm excited to be reunited with Alex Kingston after our hugely rewarding partnership in 'Macbeth' on stage. To play another of Shakespeare's great couples is a huge privilege'.
The scheduling of this production marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (thought to be 23rd April), but, on a more romantic note, it also gives us the chance to hear one of the most beautiful descriptions of a woman in the English language: 'Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety'.