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Orson Welles’ Julius Caesar

Alternative title
Julius Caesar Caesar
Synopsis
A Mercury Theatre production. Stage directions and scenes not recorded are narrated by Welles. The Mercury Text recording makes no attempt to re-create the Broadway production. Also includes Maurice Evans in four scenes from Richard II, and the ‘England’ speeches from Richard II and Henry V presented by’The British War Relief Society’ and recorded January 1941.

Julius Caesar: I i, I ii, II i, II ii, III ii, AIII iii, IV i, IV ii, V i.
Richard II: II ii, III iii, IV i, V v
Henry V: III i
Series
Mercury Text Records
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Year of release
1999
Transmission details
(Channel: CBS)
Duration
148 mins

Credits

Director
Orson Welles
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Edgar BarrierJulius Caesar
Orson WellesMark Antony
Richard BaerDecius Brutus
Orson WellesCaius Cassius
Margaret CurtisPortia
Anna StaffordCalphurnia
Edgar BarrierOctavius Caesar
Erskine SanfordPindarus
Erskine SanfordCaius Ligarius
Everett SloaneArtemidorus
Everett SloaneCasca
George CoulourisMarcus Brutus
Guy KingsleyLucius
Guy KingsleyCinna
J. Arthur KennedyTrebonius
J. Arthur KennedyTitinius
J. Arthur KennedyFlavius
Jack BerryPopillius
Jack BerryPublius
Jack BerryVolumnius
Maurice Evans 
Richard BaerCinna the Poet
Seymour MilbertMetellus Cimber
Walter AshLepidus
William AllandMurellus
William AllandYoung Cato

Additional Details

Theatre
Mercury Theatre, New York
Theatre company
Mercury Theatre Company
Production type
Sound Recordings(Commercial)
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Julius Caesar

Notes

General
The Mercury ‘Theatre on the Air’ radio production of Julius Caesar was recorded June 28, 29, July 1,4 and 5 1938 in New York. Welles tried to achieve the contemporary feel of the stage production (set in the 1930s) by using narration by CBS news reporter H.V. Kaltenborn who provides running commentary drawn from Plutarch, Shakespeare’s source for the play. The Maurice Evans extracts from Richard II and Henry V ‘were recorded January 1941.

Production Company

Name

Pearl Records

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Pavilion Records

Email
pearl@pavilionrecords.com
Web
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Phone
+44 (01189) 278 3591
Fax
+44 (01189) 278 4156
Address
Sparrows Green
Wadhurst
East Sussex
TN5 6SJ
UK
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