The critically acclaimed stage production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally from the Bridge Theatre on Thursday March 22nd as part of National Theatre Live.
Caesar (David Calder – The Lady in the Van, The World Is Not Enough) returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite lead by Brutus (BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw – Paddington, Skyfall) and Cassius (Olivier award nominee Michelle Fairley – Game of Thrones, Suits) conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital while Mark Antony (BAFTA nominee David Morrissey – The Walking Dead, The Missing) attempts to bring Rome back under control after the conspirators’ defeat…
Here’s the trailer:
The Bridge Theatre’s auditorium is transformed for Tony and Olivier award-winning director Nicholas Hytner’s (The History Boys, Miss Saigon) promenade staging of Shakespeare’s political thriller. Four hundred members of the theatre audience become part of the action and join the crowd that stand amongst the street party greeting Caesar’s triumphant return to Rome, the congress that witnesses his murder, and the civil war that erupts in the wake of his assassination. The broadcast will give cinema audiences the chance to experience both perspectives, from within the crowd, and looking on to the action in 360 degrees.
Since launching in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 7 million people at 2500 venues in 60 countries. Beginning in 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, recent broadcasts include Follies with Imelda Staunton, Yerma with Billie Piper, Angels in America with Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, Rosentcrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with Daniel Radcliffe, and Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson.
The Bridge Theatre opened with Nicholas Hytner’s production of Richard Bean and Clive Coleman’s Young Marx with Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris. Hytner’s production of Julius Caesar will run until 15 April 2018.
A star-studded political cataclysm for our times ★★★★
– Daily Telegraph
Visceral and politically urgent. ★★★★
– The Guardian
Tremendously gripping. Unfolds like a chic, glossy spy thriller. Furiously exciting. ★★★★
– Time Out