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Further casting announced for Nicholas Hytner’s promenade production of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Company begin rehearsals

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for Nicholas Hytner’s promenade production of Julius Caesar. The London Theatre Company’s second production at the Bridge Theatre, it runs from January 30 (previews from January 20) to April 15, 2018.

Joining the previously announced David Calder (as Caesar), Michelle Fairley (Cassius), David Morrissey (Mark Antony) and Ben Whishaw (Brutus) are Adjoa Andoh (Casca), Rosie Ede (Marullus/Artemidorus), Leila Farzad (Decius Brutus), Fred Fergus (Lucius/Cinna the Poet), Wendy Kweh (Calpurnia), Mark Penfold (Caius Ligarius), Abraham Popoola (Trebonius), Sid Sagar (Flavius/Popilius Lena), Nick Sampson (Cinna), Hannah Stokely (Metellus Cimber) and Kit Young (Octavius).

Ensemble members are Zachary Hart and Leaphia Darko.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

David Calder was last on stage in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at Hampstead Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Nether and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Audience (Apollo Theatre), The Doctor’s Dilemma and Hamlet (National Theatre), King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Five Gold Rings (Almeida Theatre), The Drawer Boy (Abbey Dublin), The Little Foxes (Donmar Warehouse), The Tempest, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Moscow Gold (RSC) and The Price and Othello (Young Vic).

Michelle Fairley was last seen on stage in Road at the Royal Court, where she also appeared in Oleanna, Remembrance Day, Loyal Women and The Weir, which was later seen on Broadway. Her other theatre credits include Splendour, Othello and The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse), Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic), Huis Clos and Gates of Gold (Trafalgar Studios) and Scenes from the Big Picture (National Theatre).

David Morrissey’s most recent theatre credits include Hangmen (Royal Court/Wyndham’s Theatre), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman), In a Dark Dark House (Almeida Theatre), Three Days of Rain (Donmar Warehouse), Peer Gynt (National Theatre), The Cabinet Minister (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and El Cid and WC/PC (Liverpool Playhouse). For the RSC his credits are King John, Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III.

Ben Whishaw was last seen on stage in The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway. His other theatre credits include Bakkhai (Almeida Theatre), Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre), Peter and Alice (Noël Coward Theatre), The Pride (Lucille Lortel Theatre off Broadway), Cock (Royal Court), Leaves of Glass (Soho Theatre), Mercury Fur (Paines Plough) and Hamlet ( Old Vic), as well as The Seagull, Some Trace of Her and His Dark Materials all for the National Theatre, the latter directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Hytner’s production will be in promenade, thrusting its audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. With seating wrapped around the action, there will also be several hundred promenading tickets at £25 available in advance for each performance.

Julius Caesar will be broadcast on National Theatre Live on March 22, 2018.

Tickets: £15 to £65 with a limited number of premium seats available. A special allocation of £15 seats are held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26. To book, call the box office on 0843 208 1846, e-mail boxoffice@bridgetheatre.co.uk or visit bridgetheatre.co.uk/.

Read more about the Bridge Theatre’s inaugural season.