Directed by Richard Murphet
Production Design by Dale Ferguson
24 AUG — 3 SEP 2023
Approx. 120 minutes with no interval
Melbourne Shakespeare Company return to fortyfivedownstairs with their exhilarating contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s original political thriller Julius Caesar. A divisive leader who’s desire for power poses a threat to republicanism is violently assassinated, civil war erupts and through the chaos a new leader must rise to fill the void.
Directed by Richard Murphet with design by Tony Award Nominated designer Dale Ferguson, Julius Caesar is destined to be a striking new production that you won’t want to miss.
"Shakespeare's political potboiler delivered with clarity, purposeful energy and a strong understanding of the text. ★★★★" — Limelight
It is unnerving how relevant the action of this play about the crisis in Roman politics is for our own times. How to deal with an alarmingly popular leader who is ready to ride the wave of his success through to absolute power? And if we DO decide to deal with it (through assassination or whatever) are we aware of what reaction the ensuing ‘dogs of war’ might release?
Interconnected with the political is of course the personal. In the emotional triangles of commitment between Brutus-Portia-Cassius, on the one side, and Caesar-Calpurnia-Mark Antony, on the other, we experience the human tensions that reflect the political action. And in the character of Brutus we have the first of Shakespeare’s honourable, indecisive men – a modernist anti-hero.
This is a great play to work on. More than any other play of its time, it is a drama of the people – the workers, the street cleaners, the servants, the poets, the soldiers caught up in this battle that is not of their own making. We kept being reminded of the suffering citizens of Ukraine. But we have not pointed any specific instance. We allow the play to speak for itself. We hope you are carried along by the power of its inexorable drive.
— Richard Murphet
"With a finely honed gift for Shakespeare’s language, Herbert is utterly compelling"
— Simon Paris
JULIUS CAESAR CAST
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"Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar is masterful, electric, compelling, and simply, unforgettable." — Milk Bar Mag
JULIUS CAESAR TEAM
With Thanks To
TW, D, T & P LLC
The Alex Theatre