The RSC’s new all-black production of Julius Caesar opened last month at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, starring PATERSON JOSEPH as Brutus.
It is a new interpretation by artistic director Greg Doran, set in post-independence Africa.
As one of the latest projects for the World Shakespeare Festival – Shakespeare Unlocked – and as part of the London 2012 Festival, the RSC has also collaborated with the BBC to make a film of the play, shot partly on location in a shopping mall and partly in the theatre. The film also stars PATERSON and the same distinguished cast (including Cyril Nri and Jeffery Kissoon) and, whilst the project serves as an extension of the stage show, at the same time the film is a distinctive and original interpretation for the screen, with the spaces of the shopping mall creating a richly detailed African world and providing an exceptional intimacy with the motivations, ideals, hopes and fears of Shakespeare’s characters.
The film of Julius Caesar will air this coming Sunday 24th June at 8pm on BBC Four and will be available on iPlayer until Sunday 1st July 2012. You can watch an extract from the film below:
The RSC’s stage production runs until 7th July in Stratford, before touring the UK and then transferring into the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre, 8th August – 15th September. You can buy tickets from the RSC’s website. Here’s the trailer: