Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s well-known historical tragedy, documenting the downfall of Caesar at the hands of Cassius and Brutus. Plunged into a modern Africa, this production of Julius Caesar resonates in the modern day. As the Roman citizens seek to celebrate Caesar’s triumphant return from war, he is stopped by a stranger who warns that he should “beware the Ides of March”. Cassius and Brutus become jealous of Caesar’s power and plot his death, resulting in stabbing him at the Senate. Riots and chaos ensue, forcing the conspirators to flee from the city and build an army of their own, with tragic and disastrous consequences.
Jeffery Kissoon plays the title role, alongside Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius and Ray Fearon as Mark Anthony. Further cast members include Adjoa Andoh, Segun Akingbola, Mark Ebulue, Ricky Fearon, Andrew French, Marcus Griffiths, Ivanno Jeremiah, Samantha Lawson, Simon Manyonda, Joseph Mydell, Ann Ogbomo, Theo Ogundipe, Jude Owusu, Mark Theodore, Ewart James Walters and Chinna Wodu.
Directed by Gregory Doran (Cardenio, Hamlet), Julius Caesar is transported into a rich and exhilarating African state, where festival drumming is ripe under the baking sun. With design by Michael Vale, music by Akintayo Akinbode, lighting design by Vince Herbert and sound design by Jonathan Ruddick, this reimagining of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays received praise from audiences and critics alike. Opening at the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited season beginning August 15th, Julius Caesar will play until September 15th, where it will be followed by Much Ado About Nothing.