Full casting has been announced for Robert Hastie's upcoming production of Julius Caesar
at Sheffield Crucible, his first at the helm, and it looks like an absolute doozie. Not only has he brought back former artistic director Samuel West and tempted definitive-fave-of-this-blog Elliot Cowan back to the stage, Hastie is continuing his commitment to gender parity by recruiting a company of eight men and eight women and sharing out the roles how he damn well wants.
So the show features Samuel West in the role of Brutus, alongside Jonathan Hyde as Julius Caesar. Zoe Waites will play Cassius, Elliot Cowan will play Mark Antony and Chipo Chung will star as Portia/Octavius. The cast is completed by Lisa Caruccio Came (Calpurnia), Pandora Colin (Casca), Robert Goodale (Lepidus), Alison Halstead (Metellus), Mark Holgate (Cinna), Arthur Hughes (Lucius), Robinah Kironde (Popilus, Clitus), Lily Nichol (Soothsayer), Royce Pierreson (Ligarius, Dardanius), Abigail Thaw (Trebonius) and Paul Tinto (Artemidorus, Pindarus).
In case you've forgotten, Hastie directed Michelle Terry in the title role in last year's Henry V
at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and Sheffield is clearly very lucky to have him leading one of the country's leading theatrical institutions. Julius Caesar
runs at Sheffield Crucible from 23 May to 10 June, with previews from 17 May, and I'll definitely be making my way northwards for this.
Labels: Abigail Thaw, Arthur Hughes, Chipo Chung, Elliot Cowan, Jonathan Hyde, Lisa Caruccio Came, Mark Holgate, Pandora Colin, Robert Goodale, Royce Pierreson, Samuel West, Zoe Waites