Shakespeare’s tale of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar is a tragedy believed to have been written in 1599 and features a memorable cast of characters, including the infamous Brutus.

Culture at the Cinema is continuing its relationship with the Bard after “Hamlet” last month with a recording of the National Theatre’s live production of “Julius Caesar,” showing on May 19.

The original performance with a star cast was held at The Bridge Theatre in London. Now, audiences in Cayman can watch it from the best seat in the house.

This is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from history, which also include “Coriolanus” and “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Although the play is named “Julius Caesar,” Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines as the title character and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus’s struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship.

Story

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated elite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Cast

Ben Whishaw (“The Danish Girl,” “Skyfall,” “Hamlet”) and Michelle Fairley (“Fortitude,” “Game of Thrones”) play Brutus and Cassius; David Calder (“The Lost City of Z,” “The Hatton Garden Job”) plays Caesar; and David Morrissey (“The Missing,” “Hangmen,” “The Walking Dead”) is Mark Antony.

Reviews

  • “David Morrissey is electrifying as Mark Antony.” – Daily Telegraph
  • “Michelle Fairley gives a rivetingly intelligent performance.” – Sunday Times
  • “David Calder is finely judged in the title role: both complacent and magisterial.” – Observer
  • “Ben Whishaw shines as Brutus.” – Daily Telegraph
  • “Furiously exciting.” – Time Out

Tickets are $40 and include a glass of bubbly. Only 18 and older will be admitted. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Buy tickets at the Camana Bay Cinema box office.

For information on upcoming Culture at the Cinema shows, visit www.bigscreen.ky.

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