The first edition of Antony and Cleopatra developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important Royal Shakespeare Company directors. This is the first edition of Antony and Cleopatra to be developed by and for the RSC, the world's leading Shakespeare theater company and it includes unique material to help the reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. It is illustrated with photographs of classic and unusual performances. It features outstanding on-page notes which explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawdy humor often ignored or censored in competing editions. It includes scene-by-scene summary, offering an easily understandable way into the play.This book features completely new introduction by Jonathan Bate, exploring the text and critical debates around it. Summary of the play's performance history, at the RSC and elsewhere; and, interviews with important Shakespearean directors - Adrian Noble, Gregory Doran and Braham Murray - discussing key productions at the RSC. This new edition of Shakespeare's classic love story, developed by and for the RSC, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate.