The dictator must be assassinated. But who will replace him?
Shakespeare's great political thriller finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa, directed by RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran. Gregory's most recent productions include Shakespeare's 'lost play' Cardenio, re-imagined as part of the RSC's 50th birthday celebrations, as well as his 2008 production of Hamlet.
The company includes Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Anthony and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar.
Doran transports us exhilaratingly to a modern African state ruled over by one J Caesar (Kissoon), a typical big man of African power politics. He sports dyed hair, wears a spotless white tropical suit, a gold necklace, a gold watch and a diamond ring. The air pulses with festive drumming as the populace parties under a baking sun, celebrating Caesar's latest victory alongside a traditional shaman, who'll soon double as the herald of doom...