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Caesar and Cleopatra

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Notes

    Shaw closely based his play on Theodor Mommsen's 'History of Rome'.

  • Synopsis

    Shaw depicts Caesar as a Superman, a master stateman whose great abilities make him a heroic figure. He lays the foundations of modern government and spearheads social reform. He teaches a young Clepatra everything she knows about running a state.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    16

  • Cast Size Female

    4

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    25 November 1907

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    It was first performed in London at the Savoy Theatre.

Original Cast  
Ptolemy XIV Philip Tonge
Persian Guardsman S.A. Cookson
Belzanor A.W. Tyrer
Nubian Sentinel Frank Bickley
Bel Affris C.B. Vaughan
Ftatateeta Elizabeth Watson
Julius Caesar Sir J. Forbes Robertson
Cleopatra Gertrude Elliott
Pothinus Charles Langley
Theodotus Sam T. Pearce
Achillas John M. Troughton
Rufio Percy Rhodes
Brittannus Ian Robertson
Lucius Septimus Walter Ringham
Wounded Soldier William Pilling
Professor of Music Frank Ridley
Charmian Dorothy Paget
Iras Dora Harker
Major-Domo A. Wheatman
Apollodorus Lewis Willoughby

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