Cyril Nri (Caius Cassius) and Paterson Joseph (Brutus) [image by Kwame Lestrade]
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will transfer to the venue of the Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia for five performances from 14 to 17 November, following its UK tour. The production will be presented by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Chekhov International Theatre Festival with the support of the British Council and is directed by RSC Artistic Director Designate, Gregory Doran.
One of Shakespeare’s greatest political thrillers, the production finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa with a company which includes some of the best black actors working in the UK today. The cast and creative team remain the same with Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Antony, Adjoa Andoh as Portia and Jeffery Kissoon in the title role.
The last full scale RSC production to perform in Russia was the 1967 tour to Leningrad and Moscow of John Barton’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well, with a cast including Estelle Kohler, Helen Mirren, Ian Richardson, Clive Swift and Elizabeth Spriggs, and Peter Hall’s Macbeth with Paul Scofield in the leading part.
Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow 14-17 November
This tour is a legacy of the World Shakespeare Festival and follows the production’s London run from 8 August – 15 September at the Noel Coward, and performances around the a UK.
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