Reps to stage Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

HARARE - William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar will be staged at Harare’s Reps Theatre during September, bringing to the fore one of Bard’s most important works.

Known more formally as The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, it was written in 1599 and portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi.

It is one of several Roman plays that Shakespeare wrote, based on true events from Roman history, which also include Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra.

The play is an ‘O’ Level set book this year and particular emphasis is being made in marketing this production to schools whose students are either studying this play, or who may be literature students in general.

Last year’s schools’ set book production, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, was acclaimed critically and also enjoyed box office success.

As with last year’s production, this play is directed by John Dennison.

It will run on the Reps main stage from Thursday September 13 to Saturday September 22, with a preview night on Wednesday September 12.

Performances are at 7pm most evenings, with matinee performances on the afternoons of September 15, 16 and 22.

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