Bell Shakespeare brings Julius Caesar to Redlands

CAESAR: Kenneth Ransom plays JuliusCaesar, coming to RPAC.  Photo Pierre Toussaint

CAESAR: Kenneth Ransom plays JuliusCaesar, coming to RPAC. Photo Pierre Toussaint

Bell Shakespeare presents Julius Caesar as its 2018 national touring production, directed by James Evans.

Featuring Kenneth Ransom (Gods of Egypt, Belvoir’s Prize Fighter) as Caesar, Julius Caesar will tour to a total of 28 venues around Australia, including one performance at Redland Performing Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 4.

After four years of directing Bell Shakespeare’s productions for school audiences, Evans said he was thrilled to lead the 2018 national tour, one of the most extensive undertaken by any Australian theatre company.

“Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s political thriller. It’s a masterpiece of intrigue and treachery. Shakespeare explores what happens when fear infects a society, and I think everyone can relate to that. It deals with issues that are urgently contemporary - audiences will recognise themselves and their society in the play,” he said.

“It’s also just a cracking great story, full of action and some of the most incredible language Shakespeare ever wrote. It will be a really exciting night in the theatre,” he said.

Bell Shakespeare Executive Director Gill Perkins said that the company was passionate about sharing Shakespeare with as many people as possible around Australia.

“Our commitment to a truly national reach is stronger than ever. For more than 27 years we have presented the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the farthest parts of Australia; from Bunbury to Darwin to Launceston.”

The Julius Caesar cast includes Kenneth Ransom, Jemwel Danao, Ivan Donato (Richard 3), Maryanne Fonceca, Ghenoa Gela, Neveen Hanna, Emily Havea, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Russell Smith and Sara Zwangobani.

It follows Bell Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice at RPAC last year, and offers tension between aspiration and ambition and triumphal entrances and brutal exits Tickets are $20 to $50 and can be booked on 3829 8131 or rpac.com.au (booking fees are $4.30 by phone and $5 online per transaction).

WIN: Redland City Bulletin has one double pass (value $100) to give away. To be in the draw to win, enter your details below by 9am on Monday, August 27. Conditions may apply. Winners will be contacted by a representative from RPAC and their names announced online.