Stratford-upon-Avon train station has services north to Birmingham and south to London Marylebone (via Warwick, Leamington Spa, Banbury and Bicester North). Taxis are available at Warwick and Leamington Spa stations. Stratford-upon-Avon, located in Warwickshire, is just a short drive from Junction 15 of the M40.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 28th July 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 4th September 2010|
|Matinees:||Selected dates at 1pm|
|Evenings:||Selected dates at 7.15pm|
|Running Time:||3 hours|
Julius Caesar is not a great play, I have seen some dreadful productions at Stratford, and we only came because we had cheap tickets! However, we were pleasantly surprised. This imaginative and forceful production started with a brilliant evocation of the strange mixture of savagery and classical formality of ancient Rome, and Darrell D'Silva's violently compelling Mark Anthony cynically whips up the murderous mob to bring the first act to a resounding conclusion.
However, nothing could rescue the second act, which Shakespeare must have written in a hurry. Mercifully it is short, and I feel the audience should sit through it to show their appreciation for what went before!
Greg Hicks as Caesar captures well the arrogance, stupidity and indecision of the character, but Sam Troughton's Brutus looked too much of a young recruit to the united Nations for my taste. The show really hinges on Mark Anthony, and Darrell D'Silva brings the whole thing to life here. Not to be missed!
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