To see the future one must only look to the past.Like many who came before him, and after him, Julius Caesar had the support of the people but the loathing of the players.
They conspired. They persuaded. They whispered it was for the good of the country. All they needed to succeed was Brutus. Poor patriotic Brutus. He was like a son to Caesar and a poster boy for the republic. But not even a front-man of such unimpeachable integrity could avert the total and utter disaster their daggers set in motion.
Peter Evans, Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Artistic Director, takes this momentous piece of Roman history and transports it to the corridors of backroom politics. This time, when Caesar gets the axe, it’s the media who roar like an angry mob. This sharp political drama puts friendship to the test and reveals a stark contrast between our intentions and our actions. With Alex Menglet as Caesar and Kate Mulvany as the conniving Cassius, we go behind the scenes as yet another leader is forced from office.
Julius Caesar runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval
“I find this story constantly relevant. We witness the original pre-emptive strike and the irony of the ‘honourable assassination’ with all the carnage that a power vacuum creates. Julius Caesar is a play that is never out of date and even today feels relentlessly modern.”
Peter Evans, director
BY William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY Peter Evans
DESIGNER Anna Cordingley
LIGHTING DESIGNER Paul Jackson
COMPOSER Kelly Ryall
MOVEMENT/FIGHT DIRECTOR Nigel Poulton
VOCAL COACH Natasha McNamara
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Imara Savage