The Donmar Warehouse has announced that the first play in its critically acclaimed, all-female Shakespeare Trilogy, Julius Caesar, will be released in cinemas across the UK from 12 July, 2017, courtesy of Trafalgar Releasing.
Filmed live with support from digital commissioning body The Space, the production stars Harriet Walter and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who oversaw both the stage version and the translation to screen.
Shakespeare’s drama depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric to frenzied mob violence. There follows the descent of the country into factions and the outbreak of civil war.
The Trilogy has an entirely female cast, with actors assuming the roles of prisoners attending a drama group, and within this performing in three of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. In developing the productions, the company collaborated closely with charity Clean Break, who work with women with experience of the criminal justice system to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills that often lead to education and employment.
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Phyllida Lloyd comments:
“The whole mission was to represent those who felt they had no stake in our culture and the screen version tries to capture their fury and passion. To take the viewer where they could never get to whilst sitting in the theatre, even as it was unfolding live.”
Audiences can find details of their nearest screening at www.donmarwarehouse.com