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Julius Caesar

Alternative title
Caesar
Synopsis
Radio recording of the play based on Welles’ 1937 modern-dress stage production for the Federal Theater.
Series
Mercury Theatre on the Air
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
11 Sep 1938 (Channel: CBS)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Orson Welles
Producer
Orson Welles
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Marc Blitzstein
Adaptor for Radio
Orson Welles
Cast
George ColourisMark Antony
Martin GabelCaius Cassius
Orson WellesMarcus Brutus

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The programme can be downloaded or streamed from www.archive.com (accessed 7/2010).
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.
Reviews
Douglas Lanier, ‘WSHX: Shakespeare and American Radio’, in Richard Burt (ed.), Shakespeare After Mass Media (New York: Palgrave), 2002, p. 197-198.

Production Company

Name

CBS Radio

Archive

Name

archive.org

Web
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Online Retailer

Name

otr.com

Email
order@otr.cat
Web
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Address
OTR Cat
PO Box 19234
Lenexa
KS 66285
USA

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