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Adapted for Broadcasting by BARBARA BURNHAM
The Persons represented :
A]so Flavius and Marullus-
Tribunes ; C a s c a, Trebonius, Decius
Br u t u s,
Metellus Cimber , Cinna—Conspirators : Artemidorus of Cnidos—a Teacher of Rhetoric;
A Soothsayer; Lucilius, Titinius,
Supporters of Brutus and Cassius ; Varro,
Clitus, Claudius, Strato, Lucius, Dardanius — Servants to Brutus
Senators... Citizens, Guards, Attendants, etcetera
ERIC ANDERSON , ERNEST DiGGES, MAURICE GILBERT , GEORGE COOKE , HAROLD YOUNG, GRIFFITH JONES , MAX GAYTON , HAROLD REESE ERIC BERRY , NOEL DRYDEN , JAMES TOVEY ,
JOAN HARE , JOYCE MURCHIE , JEANNE MANNERS, HELEN DALE , CECILY CLAR-ENCE, CLIFTON GIBBS , BASIL ATHERTON, JAMES MASON , JILL HOWARD
Rome-the neighbourhood of Sardis—the n e i g h b o u rhood of Philippi
The Incidental Music by ROBERT CHIGNELL
Played by THE B.B.C. THEATRE
Conducted by LESLIE WOODGATE
Lucius' Song composed by H. M. CECIL
Sung by LESLEY DUDLEY , with harp accompaniment by SIDONIE GOOSSENS
The Play produced by PETER CRESWELL
JULIUS C.ESAR was written by Shakespeare-that is, assuming that it was not written by Bacon, Lord Rutland, Lord Derby, Lord Oxford, or any other contemporary peer -in or about 1399, just after Henry V, that glorification of English patriotism. It is the first of his plays to deal with Roman life ; Antony and Cleopatra ia a direct sequel to it. It is also the first of the great tragedies, if we consider Romeo and Juliet more as a romantic lyric play ; it is similar in many ways to Hamlet, which was written-in its present form—during the following year. Brutus, in particular, reminds us of the baffling Prince of Denmark. When it was first produced at the Globe, its success probably depended largely oh spectacular effects, like many of Shakespeare's plays ; the murder of Cæsar, the battle of Philippi, and the storm-scene at night-, must have been most impressive and exciting for the ' men of understanding ' in the pit. Now, however, excitement of that kind means much less to us ; it is his poetry that makes Shakespeare a best-seller even today, the poetry that conveys action and character without the help of a single strip of painted scenery. Shakespeare is impossible in the modern theatre, with its realistic settings and its slow, unyielding mechanism. Perhaps the microphone is the only perfect medium of today for these rapidly-shifting plays.
Calpurnia, wife to CÃ¦sar:
Portia; wife to Brutus:
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