Political conspiracy and power struggles arrive at Hereford Cathedral on 14th October, with Worcester Repertory Company’s performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
The performance follows their hugely successful performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Chapter House Garden in July.
Performed in traditional Roman dress, the cast tell the Bard’s poignant, yet brutal tale of the conspiracy against the all too powerful Julius Caesar and the assassination that ensues. The story does not end there, as the power vacuum forces civil war and an intense fight for ultimate power.
Director Chris Jaeger says of the production, “Julius Caesar is one of the great Shakespeare plays and one that I am really excited to be directing; partly because of its powerful dialogue and dramatic intensity, but also because of its timeless nature. There are strong parallels between the themes of the play and events that we see happening around the world today – rebellious uprisings in opposition to powerful and corrupt leaders, and ultimately a degeneration of society as it splits and the various factions fight. The relevance of the plot is what gives it its real poignancy.”
Malvern Theatres’ writer in residence Nick Wilkes takes on the title role, having made his debut with the Rep as Oberon in the outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, although Caesar is the title character, it is the brooding, misguided Brutus (Matthew Springett) who commands the central psychological drama as he struggles between the conflicting demands of honour, patriotism and friendship. Rep regulars Phil Leech and Jonathan Darby step into the roles of the impulsive and unscrupulous co-conspirator, Cassius, and Caesar’s friend Mark Anthony, whose masterful rhetoric whips the crowd into a frenzy.
Chris Jaeger adds “Its performance at Hereford Cathedral offers a stunning and utterly individual setting, and the opportunity for a truly unique way to experience this dramatic and poignant play”.
Performances take place Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 October at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Wednesday 15 at 1.30pm. Tickets are £15 (Matinees £12.50). For more information and to book tickets, please contact Hereford Cathedral Shop on 01432 374210, Outback Records Hereford on (01432) 275063, or the Box Office at Huntingdon Hall on 01905 611427 or visit www.worcesterlive.co.uk