Gregory Doran’s production of Julius Caesar to tour to Moscow

12/07/12

World Shakespeare Festival Update

Gregory Doran's production of Julius Caesar set in modern day Africa to tour to Moscow
Moscow Arts Theatre – 14-17 November 2012
Presented by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation,
Chekhov International Theatre Festival
with the support of the British Council
The first full scale RSC production to play in Russia since 1967

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.

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 (see below details).

This production of Julius Caesar, programmed as part of the World Shakespeare Festival produced by the RSC, was also televised in a special version shot on stage and also on location by Illuminations for BBC4 as part of the BBC's Shakespeare Unlocked season to celebrate London 2012.

For further information, please contact philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk

Notes to Editors

• The World Shakespeare Festival (WSF) is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organizations. It runs from 12 April to November and forms part of London 2012 Festival which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, bringing leading artists from all over the world together in a UK-wide festival in the summer of 2012.
For further details http://www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk/  
The World Shakespeare Festival is supported by BP, as Founding Presenting Partner, and by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England.
Social media links at www.facebook.com/worldshakespearefestival  and www.twitter.com/wsf2012  
• The production of Julius Caesar in London is supported by BP
• The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation
• Illuminations is an independent production company that specialises in arts and performance media. In addition to Gregory Doran's films of Macbeth and Hamlet, Illuminations produced the 2010 BBC Four film of Macbeth directed by Rupert Goold and starring Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood. Illuminations has recently completed a television version of Simon Callow's one-man show Being Shakespeare for Sky Arts and is developing an iPad app of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

Julius Caesar performance dates
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon 28 May – 7 July
Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne 19 – 28 July
Noel Coward Theatre, London 8 August – 15 September

Tour dates:
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 19 – 22 September
Bradford Alhambra Theatre 25 – 29 September
The Lowry, Salford 2 - 6 October
Norwich Theatre Royal 16 – 20 October
New Theatre, Cardiff 23 – 27 October
Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow 14-17 November

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