Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frail Caesar, Then Fall Rome

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frail Caesar, Then Fall Rome

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

Julius Caesar Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

FOR A company only one month into the yearlong Complete Works Festival, the RSC is in subdued mood. An air of gritting one's teeth and ploughing doggedly on with the Shakespearean canon hangs unmistakably about Sean Holmes's workaday trawl through Roman politicking.

The dynamics of this tiresome play are inescapably skewed, but Holmes doesn't even try to disguise the fact that it's all over bar the shouting, and a little more fake blood, at the end of Act Three. But even up to this point we find ourselves less than gripped. The conspiracy seems rackety from the start and James Hayes's Caesar looks cadaverous long before he is an actual corpse. How can such a frail, sallow creature be perceived as a threat to Republican stability?

Brutus (John Light) and Cassius (Finbar Lynch) make an uncompelling pair of plotters, largely because Light offers none of the requisite shading for this conflicted, morally compromised char-

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