Opens: 08/08/2012 Closes: 15/09/2012 Noel Coward Theatre, LondonAfter an acclaimed run in Stratford, this production of the classic political play transfers to London, and offers a lot more than an ensemble of togas. RSC's new artistic director Greg Doran has put together an all-black production that spans the worlds of Ancient Rome and modern African republics. Ray Fearon's performance as Mark Anthony is reportedly a highlight. For more information visit: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/julius-caesar/ Buy: http://noel-coward.london-theatre-guide.org.uk/london/julius-caesar Watch:
Exeunt“Still sounds fresh and newly minted...” Gregory Doran’s production proves itself more than worthy of its plaudits, managing the tricky combination of being both contemporary and relevant while remaining utterly true to the original text...
Whatsonstage.com“Moving it to London hasn’t dulled the impact...” Julius Caesar is a Shakespeare play that really involves the ensemble, and the crowd scenes are a vital part of the action. Doran’s handling of them is exemplary; by utilising a call-and-response mechanism, they become almost religious in fervour..
The Arts Desk“Certainly doesn’t lack for impact, colour, zest, urgency...” The sad and surprising fact is this production’s default position is blast more than subtlety: characters don’t so much go on a journey as present one-dimensional archetypes. Perhaps this was always Doran’s intention...
The Telegraph“Strips the play of its ambiguity...” The constant hysteria feels like a blanket of noise smothering Shakespeare’s subtlety and cynicism. This is a great shame, since there is a huge amount of talent on stage, with Ray Fearon’s Mark Antony a charismatic stand-out...
Evening Standard“Attention to detail is the production’s overriding hallmark...” There’s a sure sense of the mercurial Roman mob, easily nudged into volatility, as well as the unpredictable weather, augury of trouble below...
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