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Catch Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ on Thursday


Some of those among us can't get enough Shakespeare. And the National Theatre Live is making sure we get our fill.

On Thursday, two area Regal Cinemas movie theaters — at Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium — will screen the troupe's production of "Julius Caesar" at 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast live from London's The Bridge Theatre, the play stars Ben Whishaw as Brutus, David Calder as Caesar and David Morrissey as Mark Antony. As a bonus for those of us interested in gender equality, the actress Michelle Fairley is cast as Cassius.

As critic Michael Billington wrote in The Guardian, director Nicholas Hytner "has created a promenade, modern-dress production of this suddenly fashionable Roman play that is both viscerally exciting and intellectually subtle."

And, he added, the casting of Fairley is far more than a mere gimmick. As Billington wrote, Fairley "brings to the part exactly the right intensity, passion and political pragmatism. You even wonder if Brutus, who marginalises his wife and talks patronisingly of 'the melting spirits of women,' contradicts her arguments precisely because of her gender."

Next up: Macbeth on May 17.

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