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Julius Caesar

Synopsis
An ambitious modern dress version of the play, directed and produced by Dallas Bower. The production was enhanced with stock news footage and incidental music. Ernest Milton is Julius Caesar.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
24 Jul 1938 at 21:05 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
110 mins
Availability
Unavailable

Credits

Director
Dallas Bower
Producer
Dallas Bower
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
James Hartley
Costume
Mary Allan (2)
Contributor
Malcolm Baker-Smith
Cast
Ernest MiltonJulius Caesar
D.A. Clarke-SmithMark Antony
John TurnbullDecius Brutus
Anthony IrelandCaius Cassius
Carol GoodnerPortia
A. Harding SteermanPublius
Alan AldridgeWaiter
Alan WheatleyTitinius
Charles PatonCommoner (Plebeian)
Charles PatonVarro (Varrus)
Colin GentSoothsayer
David KeirLepidus
Dennis PriceVolumnius
Dennis PriceTrebonius
Douglas MatthewsOctavius Caesar
Douglas StewartPopillius
Erik ChittyCinna
J.I. WoodLucilius
Jack VyvyanStrato
Jack VyvyanCitizen
John TurnbullMessala
Kenneth EavesDardanius
Laura CowieCalphurnia
Lawrence HanrayCasca
Patrick LudlowCinna the Poet
Patrick LudlowPindarus
Phil H. ThomasClaudio
Phil H. ThomasPlebeian
Robin MauleLucius
Robin WentworthClitus
Sebastian ShawMarcus Brutus
Stuart LathamMetellus Cimber
Van CourtlandCaius Ligarius
Will LeightonServant

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Special scenic effects were added by Malcolm Baker-Smith and his lighting invention, the penumbrascope, used for the first time in this production.
History
The live broadcast was not recorded so that the cast had to be reassembled three days later for a live ‘repeat’.
Reviews
Michael Barry, "Shakespeare on Television," BBC Quarterly 9.3 (1954):145. ‘Televised Drama ? Julius Caesar in Modern Dress’ The Times (1 August 1938, p. 6).

John Wyver comments on the production at: http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/julius-caesar-bbc-1938-and-eight-others/ (accessed 6/2012).

A typescript is held by the Birmingham Shakespeare Library.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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