Julius Caesar tells the story of a conspiracy against the Roman ruler, led by Cassius and Brutus, leading to the assassination of Caesar.
Exploring the motives and rationale behind people’s actions this play is a great way to explore social responsibility as well as lots of other themes including:
- Power and Leadership
There are so many different ways of exploring the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the text:
In 2012, inspired by the RSC production, Tim Crouch wrote the play I, Cinna. You can see the full play and the resources that go with it below.
In 2017, as part of the RSC For the Good of Rome programme we are inviting A-Level students to think about the themes in Julius Caesar and how important they are now. Students can get involved in the discussions around this text from 6 April until 10 October 2017.
I, Cinna (The Poet)
I, Cinna focuses on the story of a minor character in Julius Caesar, called Cinna the Poet, who is killed because he has the same name as one of the conspirators. You can use the film of I, Cinna in performance below as a stimulus to explore Julius Caesar in much more depth and further background, activities and discussion ideas are available to help you make the most of it.