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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Julius Caesar @ Folger

Funny. Just a few weeks ago I wondered out loud whether the sudden surge of revivals of Coriolanus suggests possible revivals of Julius Caesar. Yesterday I received a brochure from Folger that it will be the opening play for the next (14-15) season. Again directed by their resident director Robert Richmond.

I look forward to seeing it.

Meanwhile, Richard III is getting hot. Folger and Broadway (starring Mark Rylance) both had a revival last season. Mark Freeman is doing it this summer at the West End. OK maybe Richard III is far more frequently revived than Coriolanus or Julius Caesar. I see a growing interest in the historical plays, heavy with political elements, in recent Shakespeare productions. Just another testament of how relevant he remains in the way we live now.

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