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Carry on Cleo (1964, Peter Bolton)

TitleCarry on Cleo
Release LocationsGB
DirectorPeter Bolton
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 32 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsAntony and Cleopatra (derivative)
Julius Caesar (derivative)


In a way Carry on Cleo is to Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra what Boys from Syracuse is to Comedy of Errors. On the other hand Carry on Cleo is more of a travesty than a farce because it transmogrifies tragic materials into a farcical context. It thereby crudely violates its Shakespearean source, though not very much of Shakespeare is left in the script

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CalphurniaJoan Sims
BrutusBrian Oulton
CleopatraAmanda Barrie
VirginiaTanya Bunning
SosagesTom Clegg
Hengist PodKenneth Connor
HorsaJim Dale
BiliusDavid Davenport
AgrippaFrancis DeWolff
NarratorE. V. H. Emmett
Galley MasterPeter Gilmore
Seneca PodSheila Hancock
SenecaCharles Hawtrey
Mark AnthonySidney James
CastPeter Jesson
MarcusGertan Klamber
Sgt. MajorVictor Madden
SpenciusWarren Mitchell
CastMichael Nightingale
SoothsayerJon Pertwee
DriverBrian Rawlinson
GloriaJulie Stevens
ArchimedesMichael Ward
Julius CaesarKenneth Williams
MessengerIan Wilson

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorPeter Bolton
DirectorGerald Thomas
ProducerFrank Bevis
ProducerPeter Rogers
ContinuityOlga Brook
EditorArchie Ludski
ComposerEric Rogers
Adaptor/TranslatorAlan Hume
Adaptor/TranslatorTalbot Rothwell
ScreenplayTalbot Rothwell
HairAnn Fordyce
CostumesJulie Harris
MakeupGeoff Rodway
SoundBill Daniel
Sound EditorChristopher Lancaster
SoundGordon R. McCallum
CameraGodfrey Godar
ProductionBert Davey
Unit ManagerDonald Toms

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell