THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Stebbings
Musical score by Helen Beauchamp
Producer Grantly Marshall
Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR is the greatest political thriller ever written. The play
itself has almost overwhelmed the historical story, so the murder of Caesar is
possibly the most famous crime in history.Or is it a crime?
That is the central issue:
Is the murder of a tyrant justified, but then is Caesar a tyrant or about to become a
tyrant? Once Caesar is killed democracy is overwhelmed by populism and corruption
which eat away at noble aims until Brutus and Cassius kill themselves. The violence of
the “Liberators” rebounds upon themselves, watched over by the ghost of the great
man they murdered in the name of justice.
In a world of Trump, Brexit and the rise of the populist Right this is the classical play
for our time. But it is also an action packed thriller that moves with breathless pace
as the audience is propelled from ancient Rome to the battlefield of Philippi and the
mob is manipulated by emotion and fine words to turn from decent citizens to bestial
killers. Brutus, the most honourable of men, tries to steer a course through this storm
but crashes into harsh reality. His morality is compromised and his high principles are
not enough to save him or the idea of Republican Rome. Caesar triumphs in death
and brutal dictatorship wins the day. “How shall we combine morality with power”
asks Brutus and only the audience can answer this most essential of questions, posed
500 years ago by the most brilliant of writers: William Shakespeare. This
interpretation of Julius Caesar is based on Paul Stebbings’ highly acclaimed, site
specific (GLYPTOTHEK MUNICH) German language production of 2017. The setting
is historical, the music a powerful blend of live and recorded cello, song, trumpet
and percussion. The poetry is sublime and the daggers sharp.
TNT’s JULIUS CAESAR tours to Costa Rica, China, Germany, Britain, Austria,
Luxembourg and Switzerland in 2018.
“I never knew Shakespeare could be so entertaining.” CNN TV.
“Stebbings´ production stays close to Shakespeare and demonstrates that this is the
classical play for our troubled political times.” Münchner Merkur.
“TNT..one of the most interesting developments on the current theatrical scene” The