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Julius Caesar

Alternative title
The Shakespeare Plays
Synopsis
A BBC television production starring Charles Gray as Julius Caesar, Richard Pasco as Brutus and Keith Michell as Mark Antony.
Series
BBC Television Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
26 Jul 1978
Transmission details
11 Feb 1979 at 20:05 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
170 mins

Credits

Director
Herbert Wise
Producer
Cedric Messina
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Michael Steer
Costume
Odette Barrow
Art Direction
Tony Abbott
Cast
Charles GrayJulius Caesar
Keith MichellMark Antony
Alexander DavionDecius Brutus
David CollingsCaius Cassius
Virginia McKennaPortia
Alan ThompsonPlebeian (1)
Alan ThompsonCitizen
Andrew HiltonLucilius
Anthony DawesCaius Ligarius
Brian CoburnMessala
Christopher GoodClitus
Darien AngadiCinna
David HenryPlebeian (3)
David HenrySoldier
Elizabeth SpriggsCalphurnia
Garrick HagonOctavius Caesar
Jack ElliottServant
Jack ElliottMessenger
John LaurimoreFlavius
John SterlandMurellus
John TordoffCinna the Poet
Johnnie WadeSoldier
Johnnie WadePlebeian (4)
Jonathan Scott-TaylorLucius
Leo DolanPlebeian (2)
Leo DolanCitizen
Leonard PrestonTitinius
Manning WilsonCicero
Maurice ThorogoodStrato
Michael CoganServant
Michael GreatorexVarrus
Michael JenkinsonDardanius
Nicholas GecksVolumnius
Noel JohnsonPublius
Patrick MarleyArtemidorus
Philip YorkYoung Cato
Reginald JessupPoet
Richard PascoMarcus Brutus
Robert OatesPindarus
Roger BizleyMetellus Cimber
Ronald ForfarSoothsayer
Roy SpencerLepidus
Sam DastorCasca
Terence ConoleyPopillius
Tom KellyServant
Tom KellyClaudio
William SimonsTrebonius

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Ancient Rome
Plays
Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar

Notes

Notes
The production is commercially available on DVD as part of the BBC TV SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION box set (see separate entry).
History
This production is part of the first season (producer: Cedric Messina). Recording took six days.
Subsequently shown in five 30-minute episodes on the BBC1 ‘For Schools’ slot (transmission dates: 15.1.1980, 22.1.1980, 29.1.1980, 5.2.1980, and 12.2.1980).
Textual information
Between 1978 and 1986 the BBC published individual scripts of the series. Each volume of The BBC TV Shakespeare, ed. Peter Alexander et al. (London: British Broadcasting Corporation) contains the full text of the play (the Peter Alexander edition) with accompanying notes on the scene breaks and cuts made in the production, as well as a glossary. A general introduction to the play by series literary advisor John Wilders is followed by an essay on the production of the play by Henry Fenwick. This is based on interviews with actors, directors, and designers.
Reviews
Susan Willis, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

Time-Life Films Inc

Phone
0101 201 843 4545
Address
PO Box 644
NJ 07652
USA

Distributor

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Moviemail

Web
https://www.simplyhe.com/3000-moviemail External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
Simply Home Entertainment
PO Box 7741
Ringwood
BH24 9FA
UK
Notes
As of December 2016 the Moviemail web presence is incorporated within the Simply Media website
Name

Trumedia Ltd

Contact
Bill Cotton
Email
sales@trumedia.co.uk
Web
https://trumedia.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01865 847837
Fax
01865 847837
Address
9 Meadow View
Kidlington
Kidlington
OX5 2XY
Notes
Trumedia supplies video tapes and DVDs to UK schools, colleges and universities and is geared up to take official orders from educational institutions. The catalogue highlights programmes likely to be of use in the curriculum, but the company can supply any video in current UK distribution, as well as some deleted titles. Particularly strong in the areas of English literature and drama, as well as history, natural history, art & artists, and foreign language films.

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