RADA alumna Chipo Chung plays both Portia and Octavius, returning to the stage after recently appearing in acclaimed TV series including Thirteen, A.D. The Bible Continues and Into the Badlands. She is joined by Elliot Cowan as Mark Antony; his previous stage credits include Les Blancs (National Theatre), An Ideal Husband (West End) and Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe), while his TV appearances include Life In Squares (BBC), Cilla (ITV) and Beowulf (ITV).
RADA alumnus Jonathan Hyde plays the title role of Caesar. His broad range of stage and screen credits include: Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory), The King's Speech (West End and tour), Jumpers (National Theatre) and many appearances with the RSC; Tokyo Trial (NHK), Spooks (BBC), The Strain (FX), Crimson Peak and Titanic.
Also joining the cast are Zoe Waites as Cassius, returning to Sheffield Theatres after previously appearing in Hobson's Choice, and Abigail Thaw, known for her work on stage and screen including The Globe, RSC, Royal Exchange and a recurring role on ITV's Endeavour.
Julius Caesar is Robert Hastie's first directing project since taking over as artistic director in July 2016. He previously described the production as one whose "orbit is swinging particularly close to us at the moment" as "political turmoil all over the world is making us question how we are governed". He also spoke about the importance of gender equality in the production, stating: "I firmly believe that Shakespeare’s plays are the finest dramatic achievement of the human race. We understand why, historically, there were fewer parts written for women but in 2017 it’s not acceptable to bar half the human race from appearing in them."
The production plays from 17 May-10 June; click here for more information.
Image: Kyle Emmerson