All for Love; or, The World Well Lost

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

All for Love is widely considered to be John Dryden's finest work, dramatic or otherwise. A tragedy written in blank verse, it retells the story of Roman general Marc Antony's love affair with the alluring Egyptian queen Cleopatra and their eventual double-suicide. Compared to the more famous rendition of the tale by William Shakespeare, however, which is grand and hectic in terms of setting, Dryden chooses instead to focus in on the lovers' last days in Alexandria as the threat of their defeat looms and their legacies are contested. The result is a swelling, elegant, emotional drama that perceptively considers such themes as loyalty and love, fidelity in marriage, the lasting endurance of friendship, and even the tenuous construct of masculinity. In short, it's truly a gem of the Restoration repertoire. - Summary by Tomas Peter

Cast List:

Mark Antony: Tomas Peter
Ventidius: Peter Tucker
Dolabella: Phil Schempf
Alexas: Dafni Ma
Serapion: Alan Mapstone
Myris: Chuck Williamson
Gentleman 1: Mike Harris
Gentleman 2: ToddHW
Cleopatra: Beth Thomas
Octavia: Sonia
Charmion: Leanne Yau
Iras: KHand
Agrippina: Zoe Trang
Antonia: Jenna Eleni
Narrator: Rob Board
Editor: ToddHW

Genre(s): Tragedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 ACT I Group 00:33:10
Play 02 ACT II Group 00:28:05
Play 03 ACT III Group 00:30:16
Play 04 ACT IV Group 00:35:26
Play 05 ACT V Group 00:37:22