Julius Caesar

5th to 8th August
Directed by Georgina Ferry

After 500 years of democracy, the proud Roman republic has been taken over by a populist faction led by the dictator Julius Caesar. Returning triumphant from the civil war he provoked by his lust for power, Caesar is greeted by rapturous crowds. But some of his enemies in the Senate still support the tradition of shared authority. Brutus, Cassius and their co-conspirators hit on a desperate plan to save the state.

Asking big questions about the will of the people, the role of charismatic leaders and the fragility of constitutional government, Shakespeare's Roman tragedy is as much a play for today as it was for his times.

Now, in the names of all the gods at once, Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, That he is grown so great?

For their 34th annual production, the Abbey Shakespeare Players will present a strikingly 21st century take on this classic play.