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Julius Caesar @ Noel Coward Theatre

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Matthew Cook - a writer in East London who never tires of the new and crazy events that spring up in London.
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A story of intrigue, deception, murder, influence and honour in the face of death; well that's enough about my English literature exams. To me Shakespeare used to equate to long drawn out explanations of poems during school, whilst I tried to entertain myself by doing doodles of badgers playing checkers with Abraham Lincoln.

Yet the association has lessened of late, since realising that it doesn't mean I'll fail if I don't pay attention. Worryingly my badger drawings have lost their sharpness, but I am starting to see what all this Shakespeare chit chat is all about.

I don't mean to be glib when I surmise the entire popularity of Shakespeare's life and works to 'chit chat', but given the choice when younger to watch Danger Mouse or read Julius Caesar; I couldn't grab the remote fast enough.

Yet to read is one thing, to watch it as the creator intended is at the heart of Shakespeare. Julius Ceasar with an all new black cast setting the age old production in modern Africa instead of Rome gives a modern and unique twist to the production, I see myself slowly lowering my remote.

Deriving from the currently ongoing Word Shakespeare Festival 2012 RSC Head Gregory Doran sees this as an opportunity to reflect the modern parallels to the politics of ancient Rome. With a star studded cast including Jeffery Kissoon, Cyril Nri, and Paterson Joseph

Hosted by the impressive Noel Coward Theatre, this venue will certainly be housing an interesting adaptation of Julius Ceasar. I'm prepared to forgive William for my bad GCSE marks, in favour of some great entertainment.
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Why? To learn the ramifactions of greed
When: 8th Aug till 15th sep
Phone: 0844 482 5100
Where: Noel Coward Theatre
Cost: TBA
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I'm hoping to see it when it reaches London Matthew. Now that you can see that Shakespeare's themes are timeless, why not take the plunge and immerse yourself further?
by Sandra Lawson (score: 3|1278) 2631 days ago
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