Julius Caesar  
Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Penny Tuerk

May 13th - 22nd, 2010

The Tower Theatre performing at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch


Julius Caesar
Michael Mayne


Brutus
Ed Malcomson


Cassius
Laurence Ward


Mark Antony
Gately Freeman

Chorus, playing all the other roles


Metellus Cimber; Octavius Caesar
Matthew Addison


Casca
Barry Clarke


Portia
Simona Hughes


Marullus; Trebonius
John Morton


Soothsayer; Lepidus
Peter Novis


Lucius; Popilius Lena
Pamela O'Brien


Lucilius
Ed O'Shaughnessy


Flavius; Artemidorus
Richard Pedersen


Calpurnia; Pindarus
Harriet Watson


Decius Brutus; Messala
Jonathan Wober


Cinna; Titinius
Aqil Zahid

 
Photography by Alexander Knapp
Production Team
Director : Penny Tuerk
Movement : Lindsey Royan
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge and Celia Reynolds
Lighting and Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk
 
Stage Manager : Alison Liney
Assistant Stage Managers : Margaret Ley, Moira McSperrin
Wardrobe : Jill Batty, Denyse Macpherson, Nigel Martin
Sound Operator : Michelle Roebuck Percussion : Peta Barker
Refreshments : Pat Grosse, Bernice Molloy


Honour is the subject of my story         If you have tears prepare to shed them now

It is the feast of Lupercal                Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war

Beware the ides of March    Men at some times are masters of  their fates

Mischief thou art afoot   It must be by his death           

Words before blows       Who so firm that cannot be seduced?                   We will be revenged


Julius Caesar at St Leonard's Church

Review in the Camden New Journal by Amah-Rose Abrams

The Tower Theatre Company has long had a reputation for putting on entertaining and accomplished productions in and around Islington and Camden. Their latest is a timely production of Julius Caesar at St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch. Just as the powerplay in central government took an historic turn, the actors took to the stage to act out Shakespeare's classic tale of power and corruption.

In the setting of this historical building, legendary Elizabethan actor James Burbidge was laid to rest. Now, in keeping with the church's theatrical traditions, the Tower Theatre Company take on this great play – and more than do it justice.

The chorus, a key part of this production, lead the drama, building the tension around the plot to overthrow the emperor of Rome in an attempt to bring democracy to the empire. But power corrupts, and we see how guilt and desperation for power can erase any ideals held by those caught up in it. The key speech of the play, Mark Anthony’s "Friends, Romans, Countrymen ... " is indeed the highlight of the production and brought to mind the sometimes frenzied nature of the relationship between the British media and the public.