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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Julius Caesar (1959, Stuart Burge)

TitleJulius Caesar
Release LocationsGB
DirectorStuart Burge
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 55 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsJulius Caesar (teleplay)


Director Stuart Burge was able to use this television production as preparation for his 1969 film version with Jason Robards, Jr. and Charlton Heston. If this video could be screened at the BBC Archive, it would be interesting to compare it with the subsequent film. According to Peter Morris the extensive battle scenes were designed to wipe out the image of "staginess" so often associated with television drama. At a price tag of £8,152 and with a cast of ninety-nine, it was a generous undertaking

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

CaesarRobert Perceval
AntonyWilliam Sylvester
Octavius CaesarJeremy Burnham
LepidusKevin Stoney
CalpurniaValerie White
CiceroMichael Hitchman
Popilius LenaGraham Leaman
BrutusEric Porter
CassiusMichael Gough
CascaJohn Moffatt
TreboniusJohn Ringham
LigariusDavid Grahame
Decius BrutusJohn Kidd
Metellus CimberJohn Wentworth
CinnaPaul Lee
PortiaDaphne Slater
FlaviusRoger Gage
MarullusRichard Warner
SoothsayerWilfrid Brambell
Cinna The PoetRichard Goolden
TitiniusEdward Woodward
MessalaErnest Hare
VolumniusBrian Spink
VarroWilliam Lyon Brown
ClaudiusRonald Scott Dodd
StratoSean Lynch
LuciusLeonard Cracknell
PindarusNeville Becker
CommonerRalph Ball
ServantsRichard Carpenter
CastCavan Malone
6 Citizensnot specified
CobblerCharles Rea

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorStuart Burge
ProducerStuart Burge
ProductionBarry Learoyd

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell