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OU on the BBC: Julius Caesar

Updated Tuesday 12th June 2012

Friends, Romans, OpenLearners, lend me your ears for a brand new BBC production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar production Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC / RSC Paterson Joseph as Brutus Featuring a distinguished cast of black actors and shot on location in the RSC's theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, the setting of this production of Julius Caesar is a modern African state in which the tyrant Caesar is about to seize power.

As Cassius persuades Brutus to join the conspirators plotting an assassination, a vivid struggle for democracy unfolds as two men are united by an explosive act of political violence. 

In the exclusive content below, delve behind-the-scenes of the production with our exclusive video, explore the histories of Julius Caesar on stage and page with Open University academic, Edmund G. C. King, then explore our learning resources about Shakespeare and the Roman Empire. 

Visit the BBC Four pages to discover more, including a a blog entry from producer John Wyver.

Watch the Shakespeare episode of The History of English in Ten Minutes from our iTunes team below:

 

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