The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0455 Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Date: November 13, 2012 11:51:32 AM EST
Subject: RSC’s Julius Caesar on DVD
[Editor’s Note: Illuminations is the same company that released the Sonnets iPad app I am so pleased with. –Hardy]
For release on DVD December 4th 2012 by Illuminations JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare
Directed by newly appointed RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, Julius Caesar is a fast-moving thriller about a struggle for democracy as well as a love story united by an explosive act of political violence between two men. Set in post-independence Africa, this film parallels the recent overthrow of dictators during the ‘Arab Spring’ as it explores the implications of political assassination and the unpredictability of its aftermath.
Shot on location and in the RSC’s theatre in Stratford, Julius Caesar, produced for the BBC, features the original cast of a thrilling stage production whose cast of distinguished black actors includes Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Jeffery Kissoon as Julius Caesar, Cyril Nri as Cassius, and Ray Fearon as Mark Antony.
After its run at the RSC and nationally, Julius Caesar transfers mid November to the Moscow Arts Theatre and will be the first full scale RSC production to perform in Russia since 1967. The tour is a legacy of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012.
Produced for the BBC, the film was broadcast as part of the Shakespeare Unlocked season to celebrate London 2012.
The DVD includes previously unseen footage in The Making of Julius Caesar 40-minute documentary, which features key cast and crew interviews.
191 minutes DVD £17.99
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[From web site:
A fast-moving thriller about a struggle for democracy, William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is also a love story between two men united by an explosive act of political violence.
Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed stage production, Gregory Doran’s film for BBC Television sets the action in post-independence Africa. With echos of the recent overthrow of dictators during the ‘Arab Spring’, the production explores the implications of political assassination and the unpredictability of its aftermath.]