William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
November 22 12:00 - Horizons
Duration: 1h 50’
In Hungarian with Romanian and English subtitles.
Available until: 22 Nov., 8 pm
Age recommendation: 12+

Hungarian translation by György Jánosházy, adaptaptation by András Visky

Julius Caesar: Zsolt Bogdán 
Marcus Antonius: Miklós Bács 
Marcus Brutus: Gábor Viola 
Cassius: Szabolcs Balla 
Calpurnia: Emőke Kató 
Portia: Enikő Györgyjakab 
Soothsayer: Csilla Albert 
Servant / Octavius: Balázs Bodolai 
Decius / Messala: Áron Dimény 
Casca: Lóránd Váta 
Lucius: Melinda Kántor 
Trebonius: Loránd Farkas 
Metellus: Alpár Fogarasi 
Ligarius / Cicero / The Poet: Sándor Keresztes 
Publius / Cinna, The Poet: Róbert Laczkó Vass 
Cinna: Ervin Szűcs 
Lepidus: János Platz 

Dramaturg: András Visky
Set and costume design: Dragoș Buhagiar
Music composed by: Vasile Șirli
Director's assistant: István Albu
Dramaturg's assistant: Réka Biró
Video images: Cristian Pascariu
Correpetition: Zoltán Horváth
Stage manager: Pál Böjthe, Zsolt Györffy

"Julius Caesar is perhaps Shakespeare's toughest political drama, and it is amazing not only because of its perfect insight, but because of its surprising timeliness. The conspiracy of the Republican party organized by Brutus and his company for the public good does not establish order, but induces civil war and decay in Rome. Are we on the same road, a road beginning with the Arab Spring that will end with world chaos?"
András Visky
"For many strange prodigies and apparitions are said to have been observed shortly before the event. As to the lights in the heavens, the noises heard in the night, and the wild birds which perched in the forum, these are not perhaps worth taking notice of in so great a case as this. Strabo, the philosopher, tells us that a number of men were seen, looking as if they were heated through with fire, contending with each other; that a quantity of flame issued from the hand of a soldier's servant, so that they who saw it thought he must be burnt, but that after all he had no hurt. As Cæsar was sacrificing, the victim's heart was missing, a very bad omen, because no living creature can subsist without a heart. One finds it also related by many, that a soothsayer bade him prepare for some great danger on the ides of March. When the day was come, Cæsar, as he went to the senate, met this soothsayer, and said to him by way of raillery, ‘The ides of March are come'; who answered him calmly, ‘Yes, they are come, but they are not past.'"
Plutarch: Parallel Lives (fragment)

Silviu Purcărete
 was born in Bucharest, in 1950. He graduated from the Institute of Theatre and Cinematography of Bucharest. He worked at Piatra Neamţ, Constanţa, Bucharest, and since 1988, at the National Theatre of Craiova. In 2007, he directed J.W. Goethe's Faust at the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, a performance that was remarkably successful at the 2009 edition of the Edinburgh Festival. 
He has worked in theaters located in England, Austria, France,Norway, Portugal, Hungary, as well as at the Bonn, Cardiff, Vienna,Essen Opera Houses. In 1996, he became the director of the LimogesNational Dramatic Center, where he produced several performancesand where he created a school for young actors. He was named Commander in the Order of the Star of Romania, and was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, in France. He won the Hamada Foundation's Critics' Award and the Award for Artistic Excellence at the Edinburgh International Festival (1991), the Best Foreign Performance Award at the Montreal Festival of the Americas(1993), the Peter Brook Golden Globe Award for Best theatre direction(1995), the Critics' Award at the Dublin Theatre Festival (1996), the Special Prize of the Jury at the International Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk (2006), the UNITER Award for Best Direction (1993 and 2005), and the UNITER Award for Excellence (1997 and 2010 – alongside the team with whom he collaborated for Faust at the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu).

National Theatre Festival (FNT), Bucharest (2016)
Budapest, Hungary (2017)
Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival, Span (2017)
Seoul Performing Arts Festival, South Korea (2017)

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