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The Colossus (1963, Peter Dews)

TitleThe Colossus
Release LocationsGB
DirectorPeter Dews
MediumBlack & white video
Length49 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsJulius Caesar (teleplay)
SeriesThe Spread of the Eagle


The title for the series, "The Spread of the Eagle," came from the Roman eagle, "aloof, golden, and cruel," according to Producer/Director Peter Dews. The nine-part series included three of the Roman history plays—Coriolanus (59-61), Julius Caesar (221-23) and Antony and Cleopatra (14-16). For background and discussion, see number 14, above

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Julius CaesarBarry Jones
AntonyKeith Michell
CalpurniaYvonne Bonnamy
CiceroJohn Gay
BrutusPaul Eddington
CassiusPeter Cushing
CascaJack May
TreboniusJohn Barcroft
Caius LigariusBernard Finch
Decius BrutusJerome Willis
Metellus CimberLeonard Cracknell
CinnaRoger Croucher
PortiaJane Wenham
FlaviusHugh Dickson
MarullusDavid King
SoothsayerPaul Webster
LuciusRoy Herrick
CastPaul Bailey
CastRaymond Clarke
CastPamela Craig
CastMarion Desmond
CastJohn Greenwood
CastPaul Harris
CastBen Harte
CastGeoffrey Hinsliff
CastBarry Jackson
CastCharles Laurence
CastBernard Lloyd
CastCaroline Stephens
CastWendy Varnals
CobblerTerry Wale
CarpenterDavid Weston
CastHilary Wright

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorPeter Dews
ProducerPeter Dews
ComposerChristopher Whelen
CostumesElizabeth Agombar
MakeupTommy Manderson
ProductionClifford Hatts

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell