Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Cluj

Julius Caesar is perhaps Shakespeare’s toughest political drama, and it is amazing not only because of its perfect insight, but because of its surprising timeliness. The conspiracy of the Republican party organized by Brutus and his company for the public good does not establish order, but induces civil war and decay in Rome. Are we on the same road, a road beginning with the Arab Spring that will end with world chaos?


András Visky



“For many strange prodigies and apparitions are said to have been observed shortly before the event. As to the lights in the heavens, the noises heard in the night, and the wild birds which perched in the forum, these are not perhaps worth taking notice of in so great a case as this. Strabo, the philosopher, tells us that a number of men were seen, looking as if they were heated through with fire, contending with each other; that a quantity of flame issued from the hand of a soldier’s servant, so that they who saw it thought he must be burnt, but that after all he had no hurt. As Cæsar was sacrificing, the victim’s heart was missing, a very bad omen, because no living creature can subsist without a heart. One finds it also related by many, that a soothsayer bade him prepare for some great danger on the ides of March. When the day was come, Cæsar, as he went to the senate, met this soothsayer, and said to him by way of raillery, ‘The ides of March are come’; who answered him calmly, ‘Yes, they are come, but they are not past.’” (Plutarch: Parallel Lives)


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Julius Caesar


By William Shakespeare


Director | Silviu PurcăreteCV

Dramaturg | András Visky

Set and Costume Designer | Dragoș Buhagiar

Musical composition | Vasile Șirli

Video images | Cristian Pascariu



Cast

Julius Caesar – Zsolt Bogdán

Marcus Antonius – Miklós Bács

Marcus Brutus – Gábor Viola

Cassius – Szabolcs Balla

Calpurnia – Emőke Kató

Portia – Enikő Györgyjakab

Soothsayer – Csilla Albert

Servant / Octavius – Bálazs Bodolai

Decius / Messala – Áron Dimény

Casca – Loránd Váta

Lucius – Melinda Kántor

Trebonius – Loránd Farkas

Metellus – Alpár Fogarsi

Ligarius / Cicero / The Poet – Sándor Keresztes

Publius / Cinna, the poet – Róbert Laczkó Vass

Cinna – Ervin Szűcs

Lepidus – János Platz


Opened on 9 October 2015

At the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania


All pictures © Biró István

Performance

William Shakespeare | Silviu Purcărete

9 octobre, 2015 - 13 mai, 2016