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Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer stars as Julius Caesar in George Bernard Shaw’s celebrated play, captured live at the Stratford Festival!
“A confident, assured and entertaining version of Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra … Plummer earns a laugh with every witty line Shaw has given him.” – Richard Ouzounian, Variety
“The memorable magic here is provided by Mr. Plummer, who embodies the role of Caesar with an ease that is surely deceptive.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times
“Plummer gives a magnificent performance full of dry wit and capable of switching from comedy to deadly seriousness and back with the merest change of voice.” – Christopher Hoile, Stage Door
Caesar and Cleopatra is a witty and seductive comedy about the relationship between a veteran Roman political strategist and an enchanting Egyptian teenage queen. In the play, George Bernard Shaw uses his legendary wit to turn ancient history on its head - and to challenge Shakespeare's view of his two famous protagonists. Political drama meets sparkling comedy as veteran strategist Julius Caesar becomes mentor to the teenage Cleopatra. Stratford's production of Caesar and Cleopatra was hailed by The New York Times as "the climactic event in the company's impressive current season." Now movie audiences can witness the acclaimed performance of legendary stage and screen actor Christopher Plummer, and experience all the drama, intrigue and comedy of Shaw's celebrated play. The production also stars Nikki M. James, who received the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon. This thrilling, high quality production captures the true experience of witnessing Shaw's highly entertaining play on the prestigious Stratford Festival stage. Directed by Des McAnuff (Broadway’s Jersey Boys). (Running time: 130 mins. with no intermission, Not Rated) Digital