St. Ann's Warehouse Extends Donmar's All-Female JULIUS CAESAR Through 11/9
Due to overwhelming demand, and amidst extraordinary critical acclaim, St. Ann's Warehouse and the Donmar Warehouse have extended the American Premiere of the Donmar's all-female Julius Caesar, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. New York audiences will now have seven additional opportunities to see the production Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "gripping and illuminating," adding, "This Julius Caesar generates a higher testosterone level than any I have seen."
Remaining performances in the originally scheduled run: Oct 15-19, 22-26, 29, 31, November 1 and 2 at 8pm; October 20, 27 and November 3 at 7pm; October 19, 26 and November 2 at 2pm; and October 20, 27 and November 3 at 3pm.
The extension adds a week (November 4 - 9) to the schedule: Tues - Sat, November 5-9 at 8pm; and Wed, November 6, and Saturday, Nov 9 at 2pm.
For this Julius Caesar, St. Ann's has transformed its raw, versatile warehouse space into a grim women's prison designed by Bunny Christie. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mary Stuart, Mamma Mia!, the film The Iron Lady), an ensemble including Harriet Walter (Brutus), Frances Barber (Caesar), Jenny Jules (Cassius) and Cush Jumbo (Mark Antony) play prisoners and guards performing Shakespeare's great tragedy. The play's themes are glaringly and touchingly heightened by the backdrop of female incarceration, a live thrash metal band, and the emotional nuances inherent to women playing men at their most vulnerable. The result is an explosive, arresting production of Shakespeare's most famous discourse on power, loyalty, and tragic idealism.
The cast features Vivienne Acheampong (Titus Andronicus, Smooth Faced Gentleman; Santa's Not Coming to Town, Hen and Chickens), as Trebonius; Jade Anouka (Romeo and Juliet and Love's Labour's Lost, Shakespeare's Globe; Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, National Theatre) as Calpurnia, Metellus Cimber and Pindarus; Frances Barber (Les Parents Terribles, Madame de Sade with the Donmar; That Face, Sheffield Crucible) as Caesar; Susan Brown (Making Noise Quietly and The Wild Duck with the Donmar; Goodbye to All That, Royal Court) as Casca; Helen Cripps (The Low Road, Royal Court; Earthquakes in London, National Theatre tour) as Cinna the Poet and on drums; Meline Danielewicz (The Tempest, Theatre Royal Haymarket; Wild Swans, Young Vic) as Cinna and Volumnius; Clare Dunne (Major Barbara, Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Detroit, National Theatre) as Portia and Octavius Caesar; Jenny Jules (King Lear, Almeida; Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, National Theatre) as Cassius; Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, Bush; A Doll's House and As You Like It, Manchester Royal Exchange) as Mark Antony; Irene Ketikidi (as a guitarist, with The Darkness and Cee Lo Green) as Dardanius, and on guitar; Carrie Rock (Pastoral, Soho, HighTide Festival) as the Soothsayer; Harriet Walter (Mary Stuart with the Donmar in the West End and on Broadway; Women Beware Women, National Theatre) as Brutus; Danielle Ward (Psister Psycho, Underbelly, Edinburgh; Gutted: A Revenger's Musical, Riverside Studios) as Lepidus and Clitus, and on bass; and Susan Wokoma (Serious Jungle, TV; That Summer Day, TV movie; Three Birds and The Country Wife, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bush) as Lucius.