Julius Caesar (1968): Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
PrJulius Caesar (1968)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Geoffrey Hutchings (Octavius Caesar); Barrie Ingham (Brutus); Brewster Mason (Julius Caesar); Ian Richardson (Cassius); Elizabeth Spriggs (Portia).
Press night for this production was held in Stratford-upon-Avon on 3 April 1968 and at the Aldwych Theatre for the London transfer on 20 November 1968.
"The decoration of the stage is curiously unimaginative, and resort is had to wind machines and some ghostly music to bring up a sense of atmosphere which these Roman plinths and cloaks worn with the basic uniform of jerkins and jack boots - so common in Royal Shakespeare productions - singularly fail to conjure." ~ Philip Hope-Wallace, The Guardian, 4 April 1968
"Played against an uninspiring set of ungainly brick slabs, the production was not helped by what appeared to be a stringent and restrictive budget. Caesar's murder took place in a Senate which has apparently only elected seven members - all conspirators - and the mob that Antony had to rouse to fury might have been fitted into a London taxi. The costumes by Ann Curtis, with their hints of Fascist uniforms beneath Roman togas, reflected an attempt to keep the audience aware of modern political parallels. But it seemed, on the whole, a half-hearted compromise between traditional costumes and modern dress." ~ Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 4 April 1968
"I was very taken with Alton Kumalo as an African Lucius until it appeared in Brutus's tent that he intended neither to sing nor seriously to play his instrument." ~ B.A. Young, Financial Times, 5 May 1968