When I was in high school, it was common practice to take one Shakespeare play each year as part of English class. I don’t think Julius Caesar was the play typically taught in grade 10, but my English teacher decided to shake things up that year, so that’s the one we studied.
It was written in 1599, and was drawn from Roman history, with the title character being a successful general who expanded the reach of the republic to what is now France and German in the Gallic Wars (c. 51 B.C.E.). Following his return, he triumphed in a civil war and ruled Rome as a dictator until his assassination in 44 B.C.E.
This afternoon at Central Library Theatre there’s a broadcast of Julius Caesar as part of the Globe on Screen series from London. Curtain is at 2 p.m., and tickets are Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $10.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the production