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Julius Caesar, RSC, Roundhouse

Julius Caesar, RSC, Roundhouse

This aggressive RSC revival attacks where it should woo

Greg Hicks: An unusual and awkwardly self-regarding Caesar

Problematic in performance in a way that the “problem plays” simply aren’t, Shakespeare’s Roman plays remain some of his hardest to stage satisfactorily. Updated versions too often turn into Magritte-esque fantasies of identikit, suited politicos, while the togas of more traditional approaches can feel absurd, unavoidably laden with satiric or Hollywood associations. Courting rather than rejecting evocations of the latter, Lucy Bailey’s 2009 Julius Caesar for the RSC brings cinematic scope and contemporary gore to its treachery, demanding that its audience lend not only ears, but eyes, stomach and imagination to the action.

In John Mackay we have a Cassius undeniably lean but rather less than hungry

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