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A powerful faction fears the growing strength of Julius Caesar in republican Rome. As he walks to the festival games, a soothsayer warns him of the Ides of March (March 15). On a night of storm, Cassius and Casca go to visit Marcus Brutus whom they must win to their party. He receives them and other conspirators (Act II) in his garden, and Caesar's murder is planned for the next morning. Portia, wife of Brutus, observes his unrest.
Caesar's wife, Calphurnia, seeks to prevent her husband from going to the Capitol, but he does so, and (Act III) upon the Ides of March is stabbed to death. Brutus, in the Forum, tells the mob his reasons; then Mark Antony, permitted to speak as Caesar's friend, rouses the people of Rome in a speech of searching and calculated irony and passion. Antony, Caesar's great-nephew Octavius and the feeble Lepidus form a triumvirate (Act IV) against the conspirators. Brutus and the firebrand Cassius quarrel in their camp at Sardis; the quarrel is resolved, and Cassius learns that Portia, wife of Brutus, has committed suicide in Rome. The meeting of the armies will be at Philippi; the ghost of Caesar appears to Brutus, saying that he also will be there.
Cassius (Act V), believing the final battle to be lost, orders his servants to stab him; Brutus falls on his own sword; and Antony speaks the epitaph over his foe: ‘This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators, save only he did that they did in envy of great Caesar.’
Directed by Peter Finlay
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Julius Caesar - Dave Lobley
The dictator’s portrait is more reasonable in Shakespeare than in Plutarch. We should be aware that he is ‘mighty yet’.
Octavius Caesar - Maz Clements
Julius Caesar’s great nephew Cleopatra later says he isn’t shaving yet!
Marcus Antonius - Andy Sugden
An eloquent, improvising opportunist. In modern terms, Rommel to Hitler’s Caesar.
Aemilius Lepidus - Roy Foster
One of the triumvirs after Caesar’s death. ‘A slight, unmeritable man’ says Antony ‘meet to be sent on errands’.
Marcus Brutus - Keith Chanter
The liberal idealist at war with himself.
Caius Cassius - Jim Carter
‘Such men are dangerous’ said Caesar. Passionate & jealous. Can speak like the Tiber in flood.
Casca - Vanessa Osborn
Disappears after the murder though his opening prose scene is persuasive.
Cinna, a poet - Megan Terry
Innocent victim of mob vengeance.
Calphurnia - Maddy Ayres
Roman woman and the third and last wife of Julius Caesar
Portia - Kim Tobin
She is Cato’s daughter, to Brutus a ‘true & honourable wife’, proud loving & brave.
A Soothsayer - Julie Carter
Decius B - Scott Roche
Cobbler - Louise Calton
Carpenter - Cathy Memery
Servant to Julius Caesar - Leona Bryceland
Servant to Anthony - Amy Wilson
Servant Octavias Caesar - Ellie Connelly
Plebs: Ellie, Leone, Cathy, Julie, Louise, Chris Scott
Publius - Chris Scott
Popilius Lena - Beryl Foster
Trebonius - Jamie Marks
Cinna - Chris Stoz
Metellus Cimber - David Hannington
Flavius - Chris Scott
Marullus - Beryl Foster
Friends to Brutus and Casius
Lucilius - David Goodger
Titinius - Ellie Connelly
Messala - Louise Calton
Young Cato - Leona Bryceland
Volumnius - Chris Scott
Servants to Brutus
Clitus - Amy Wilson
Lucius - Abby Forman