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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar gets the Richmond treatment
Theatre-goers seeking a fast-paced production which explores power, betrayal, loyalty and love can attend the Richmond Shakespeare Society’s (RSS) version of Julius Caesar this month.
Director Fiona Smith, who won an Artsrichmond Swan Award two years ago for This Story of Yours, produced by RSS, says the tale is one of the great historical stories.
She says: “In many ways, it’s a very human, domestic story of love and loyalty, and how decent people can end up betraying friends when they think they are in the wrong.”
The talented cast of 20 actors will update the historical classic, giving it a modern feel, and making it relevant to today’s audience.
Smith says: “It’s very much a tale of today, a political thriller set in smoke-filled rooms, TV studios and open public spaces.
“The current parallels are striking: politicians using slippery rhetoric and the media to influence political opinion; tyrants being toppled and replaced only by chaos, civil war and fresh tyrannies; mobs taking to the streets and killing indiscriminately.
“There’s not a toga in sight. I think that helps to make the drama even more accessible to today’s audience.”
Richmond Shakespeare Society presents Julius Caesar; Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham; October 26 to November 2; 7.45pm; £10 to £12; 020 8744 0547 or richmondshakespeare.org.uk.
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