Simon Russell Beale, Paul Rhys and John Shrapnel to Join Ralph Fiennes for U.K. Julius Caesar | Playbill

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News Simon Russell Beale, Paul Rhys and John Shrapnel to Join Ralph Fiennes for U.K. Julius Caesar The Barbican International Theatre Events (BITE) 2005 season has pulled off a double coup. Not only, as previously reported, has Ralph Fiennes signed up to star as Mark Antony in an epic Julius Caesar production, it has now been confirmed that Simon Russell Beale is joining him as Cassius.
Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale

Russell Beale, currently playing another Shakespearean nasty, Macbeth, at the Almeida, will make the jump across London in time for Caesar’s opening in April. Also prominent are Paul Rhys as Brutus and John Shrapnel as Caesar. Rhys is best known for his work at the National Theatre, which includes Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love and King Lear. Shrapnel has played many lead roles for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National. The rest of the cast includes Sean Baker, Antony Mark Barrow, David Collings, Robert Demeger, Jimmy Gardiner, David Glover, Jim Hooper, Joseph Kennedy, Oliver Kieren Jones, Alex McIntosh, Tim Potter, Clifford Rose, Paul Shearer, Struan Rodger, John Rogan, Daniel Weyman and Leo Wringer.

The epic production will feature a total ensemble of over 100 — the largest ensemble to have performed the play in the U.K. since Peter Stein’s vast production — and will be directed by Deborah Warner. It’s the second show to be produced by BITE. The first was The Black Rider in 2004, which starred Marianne Faithfull.

Caesar will be presented in association with the Young Vic, and will begin previews at the Barbican Theatre April 14. The official opening night will follow on April 20, and the show will run until May 14. Following the London run, the show will tour Europe — visiting the Theatre National du Chaillot in Pairs, the Terto Espanol in Madrid and Luxembourg’s Grand Theatre de la Ville.

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