By William Shakespeare
Dir. Diane Page
Wed 21 Sept 7.30pm
Thurs 22 Sept 2pm and 7.30pm
Two Sisters’ Theatre
‘Summer is all the sweeter for a Shakespeare road trip’
The Daily Telegraph
This Summer, Shakespeare’s Globe brings a startlingly relevant new production of epic tragedy Julius Caesar to The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle as part of their nationwide Globe on Tour series.
Conspiracy to kill, cunning rhetoric, a divisive fight for Greatness: Ancient Rome has never felt closer to home. When Cassius and Brutus decide Rome’s leader Caesar poses a political threat to their beloved country, there’s only one solution…
Shakespeare’s Globe and award-winning Director Diane Page bring this brutal tale of ambition, incursion, and revolution to life.
‘Th’ abuse of greatness is when it disjoins
Remorse from power.’
Act II, scene 1
‘It must be summer: Shakespeare’s Globe’s travelling troupe is back’
★★★★★ ‘The dialogue flies, the performances across the board are engaging and full of energy and heart, and above all, it’s great fun’
On 2015 Much Ado About Nothing Tour – Stage Talk Magazine, 22 July 2015
★★★★ ‘Energetic and … very funny’
On 2016 Two Gentlemen of Verona Tour – The Stage 2016
‘Unlike any Shakespeare summer performance you’re likely to have seen before’
The Oxford Times
Julius Caesar returns to Rome triumphant from the war against Pompey. The Roman Republic heaps him with honours, causing concern amongst some senators who fear that too much power is held by one man, and that the public are neglecting their usual work. This is despite Caesar declining to take the crown three times over. A soothsayer warns Caesar to beware the Ides of March, which he ignores.
Caius Cassius plots a conspiracy to murder Caesar, enlisting the support of the well-respected Marcus Brutus. Brutus has misgivings but is persuaded that Caesar’s death is necessary for the good of the Republic. Brutus persuades Cassius that it is not worth approaching Mark Antony, Caesar’s friend.
Caesar’s wife Calpurnia has a warning dream and urges him not to attend the Capitol on the Ides of March, but Caesar is persuaded to go. Brutus, Cassius and their co-conspirators all stab Caesar to death at the senate house.
At Caesar’s funeral Brutus addresses the people and successfully explains the conspirators’ motives. However, Mark Antony speaks next and turns the mob against the conspirators, who are forced to flee from Rome.
Mark Antony and Caesar’s nephew, Octavius, take command of Rome and lead an army against the conspirators. Brutus receives news of his wife’s suicide, and has a vision of Caesar’s ghost. Brutus and Cassius are defeated at Philippi. Cassius commits suicide rather than be captured, and on discovering his body, Brutus does the same.
This production features depictions of war, self-harm and suicide, as well as profanity and offensive language. It also contains violence, stage blood and weapons including guns and knives.
About Shakespeare’s Globe
Director Diane Page
Designer Khadija Raza
‘The Globe is now the leading place to celebrate our greatest playwright’
Shakespeare’s Globe Cause
We celebrate Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world by conducting a radical theatrical experiment. Inspired and informed by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theatres, our diverse programme of work harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.
History of the Globe
During the first years of Elizabeth’s reign, the English playing companies used inns, inn yards, college halls and private houses for their performances. It was not until 1576 that the actor-manager James Burbage built the Theatre in Shoreditch, the first purpose-built playhouse in London. Shakespeare joined the resident troupe at the Theatre in the 1580s and the company (later known as the Chamberlain’s and then the King’s Men) flourished there for 20 years.
In 1596 a dispute arose over the renewal of the lease and negotiations were begun to acquire a disused hall in the precincts of the old Blackfriars priory to use as an indoor theatre. In 1598 the company sought a drastic solution: they leased a plot near the Rose, a rival theatre in Southwark, demolished the Theatre and carried its timbers over the river. By early 1599 the theatre was up and running and for 14 years it thrived, presenting many of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.
In 1613, during a performance of Henry VIII, wadding from a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof and the theatre burned to the ground ‘all in less than two hours, the people having enough to do to save themselves’. The theatre was quickly rebuilt, this time with a tiled roof. It remained the home for Shakespeare’s old company until the closure of all the theatres under England’s Puritan administration in 1642. No longer of use, it was demolished to make room for tenements in 1644.
The current Globe stands a few hundred yards from its original site. The rebuilding of the iconic building stems from the founding of the Shakespeare’s Globe Trust by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker.
Find out more about rebuilding the Globe here http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/history-of-the-globe/rebuilding-the-globe
Reserved covered seating
£30 (Friends and Castle Members £27)
£20 Under 18
£15 School Groups
Reserved Uncovered Seating
£26 (Friends and Castle Members £23.40)
£18 Under 18
A limited number of grass tickets are available for those who wish to keep away from our allocated seats.
Please note the view from these areas is restricted. Call the box office to book on 07379 488477.
£24 (Friends and Castle Members £21.60)
£18 Under 18
Discounted Joint Theatre and Gardens ticket
Reserved covered seating and afternoon tea £44 (Thurs 2pm show only)
Before both evening performances pre-theatre suppers can be reserved with your ticket purchase.
Two Sisters’ Theatre
Our main theatre with allocated, covered seating in the Centre, East and West Tiers. There is additional uncovered seating in the Centre Tier.
A limited number of grass tickets are available for those who wish to keep away from our allocated seats. Please note the view from these areas may be restricted. Call the box office to book on 07379 488477.
Afternoon Tea following the Thursday matinee only, can be booked with your ticket purchase .
Pre-Theatre suppers before evening performances, are available to book with your ticket purchase. The Guthrie Pavilion will be open before the show and during the interval for drinks and snacks.