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I’m reading the introductory matter in the RSC edition of Antony and Cleopatra, prior to reading and listening to the play on Monday at the British Library, and Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen have this to say about Cleopatra:

Cleopatra is the embodiment of sexual magnetism. A consummate actress, she is able to change her mood on a whim, to keep all around her guessing as to whether she is in earnest or at play. Linguistically, she has a marvellous gift of combining a tone of lightness and wonderment with a sexily down-to-earth robustness: ‘O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!’

And all I can think is “How could Peter Hall NOT have cast Judi as Cleopatra because if ever an actor fitted a role perfectly it’s Judi as Cleopatra!”

(Menopausal dwarf my arse!!)