In collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Illuminations, the BBC will create a filmed version of Gregory Doran’s Julius Caesar to accompany the stage production, for the World Shakespeare Festival.
Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s greatest political thrillers and, as directed by the RSC’s Chief Associate Director, the play finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa. The cast will include Adjoa Andoh, Ray Fearon, Paterson Joseph, Jeffery Kissoon and Joseph Mydell.
Michael Boyd, RSC Artistic Director, said: “Shakespeare is Britain’s greatest artist and his work still speaks to people all over the world today. We’re producing the World Shakespeare Festival for London 2012 Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad with over 50 other cultural organisations from across the UK and around the world, and the BBC’s Shakespeare season is a fantastic way of acknowledging the place Shakespeare still has in our lives. Half the world’s children study his plays at school and artists and audiences everywhere continue to be inspired by him.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC and Illuminations on a broadcast film for TV of our World Shakespeare Festival production of Julius Caesar, and with the BBC on Off By Heart and the groundbreaking educational resources of Shakespeare Unlocked, which features exclusive footage from three RSC productions in rehearsal and performance.”
Illuminations and BBC Productions