Lime Review - Theatre
Julius Caesar Shakespeare
On the 15th August Lime Magazine were kindly invited down to the Noel Coward theatre to watch Julius Caesar as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.
I was vaguely familiar with the original story written in the late 16th century (based on historical events), I think as an audience you could benefit from a little background knowledge to help with following the story thoroughly.
At times the location consistency and era baffled me (this could be due to me missing the first few minutes, damn central line!); however it was nice to see that the play kept in keeping with the original version.
The whole cast were really strong. Familiar faces such as Paterson Joseph - casualty and Ray Fearon who appeared in Coronation Street some years ago were convincing Roman/African protagonists.
At times I found the characters incredibly hard to understand, the fusion of Shakespearean language, South African accents and lines delivered at immense speed made my head spin!
Somehow the famous words delivered by Brutus “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” completely went past me I didn’t so much as hear a part of the speech.
Despite being one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies Julius Caesar is very comical at times; the humour was timely and portrayed effectively. The themes of conspiracy, political challenges, violence and brotherhood made the act captivating. I particularly enjoyed the emotional and compelling performance by Portia – Marcus Brutus wife.
I felt that as a whole the performance was well received by the audience, however in my opinion I think you need to have an incredible love of Shakespeare and perfect hearing to enjoy Julius Caesar.
Info: Julius Caesar at the Noel Coward theatre, ended 15th September.
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