Yes, M BUTTERFLY at the Shaftesbury was the last thing Hopkins has done onstage in London - he was pretty terrible in it and gave the impression that he was embarrassed by the part. the play didn't do especially well here (having been a smash in NY a season or two before where it had several cast changes) and Hopkins's London co-star, Glen Goei, has totally vanished. FWIW, Owen is *excellent* in the current NY production - tremendously engaged and sympathetic.
How long after 'Julius Caesar' is 'Tony & Cleo' set? Because I'm pretty sure they used the same Octavius from JC but not the same Mark Antony. In fact, Mark Antony from JC was someone else entirely in this one!
Octavius in JC was Jon Tarcy, but in Antony & Cleopatra it was Ben Allen. I can see them looking reasonably similar from further back, but Tarcy does tend to play younger than Allen. Not, mind you, enough to justify James Corrigan turning into Antony Byrne within the same time frame!
I was sat in the first circle so far back enough to think the Octavius' (Octavii?) looked alike. I much preferred the Tony from JC, he was much more attractive. Perhaps they had to age him up a bit so that he matched with Josette Simon who was a bit older? I've just seen that she is 57. She's clearly got a painting in the attic somewhere, she looks amazing. And very brave to give everyone a flash of her asp towards the end too! The play drags on a bit though doesn't it. Although having said that, I did like it when they were playing with their toy boats. That was fun. Lovely curtain too.
And I have to say that I do love it at the Barbecue when the lights go down and all of the doors along the sides close at the same time.