In this verbal maneuver, Muiris resembles Shakespeare's Enobarbus
in Antony and Cleopatra when he recounts Antony's first sighting of Cleopatra on the Nile.
Phil Daniels shows he's left Albert Square far behind, as a perfectly pitched Enobarbus
, raising many of the laughs.
said of Cleopatra: "Age cannot wither her, not custom stale her infinite variety.
Luke Dalton also stood out as Antony's disloyal servant Enobarbus
If anyone rivals Cleopatra as an entertainer, it's Enobarbus
speech which describes Cleopatra's arrival in a golden barge, where her magnificence: "beggared all description.
account of Enobarbus
is that the goddess is placed on a golden barge
The cast also includes Ian Hogg (Julius Caesar at the RSC, Henry V at the National Theatre) as Enobarbus
and Martin Hutson (As You Like It, Titus Andronicus RSC) as Octavius Caesar.
Of Cleopatra, Enobarbus
reports that "having lost her breath, she spoke and panted, / That she did make defect perfection, / And, breathless, pour breath forth" (2.
The first thing I spoke on stage was Shakespeare - the words of Othello, Shylock and Enobarbus
," he recalls in his rich voice.
For example, while one might expect the section on Antony and Cleopatra to treat primarily the faithful servant Enobarbus
, instead the love-in-service model is applied to a reading of the titular lovers themselves, who display a union in which Cleopatra functions as both master and servant to Antony--roles made manifest in her own self-conscious performance of love.
While Falstaff and Enobarbus
are "self-protecting figures, especially adept at maneuvering in ambiguous social territory;' their downfalls give "the lie to commonplace wisdom on how supple undergrowth is able to weather political storms in which colossal oaks crash down" (81).