Tragedie of Cleopatra now available on DVD

A DVD is now on sale of Samuel Daniel’s closet drama The Tragedie of Cleopatra, as presented by the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges at the Great Hall of Goodenough College on Sunday 3 March 2013. This was the first performance of Daniel’s tragedy in at least four hundred years. DVDs of this rare and sold-out production are now available for research and teaching purposes and to anyone with an interest in Daniel and his Cleopatra.

Daniel’s Cleopatra is significant as the first original dramatisation in English of the Antony and Cleopatra story, and as such, it forms an important part of our literary heritage. It is unexpected for those who come to it for the first time: this is not a play about the sweet, sultry seductress that we have come to expect in representations of the Egyptian Queen. Instead, Daniel’s tragedy focuses on the final hours of Cleopatra’s life, showing a great queen struggling to negotiate some form of mercy for her children, knowing that she has no option but to commit suicide or be led as a trophy in Caesar’s triumph.

Birkbeck Early Modern Society Committee Member Simon Smith was Music Director for the production.

To order a copy of the DVD, please go to and follow the instructions given there.

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