Julius Caesar - Donmar 2012
What the popular press had to say...
"Witty, liberating and inventive, and taps into the anti-authoritarian instinct that runs through the play...Lloyd's concept is clear: we are watching a group of bolshie women prisoners putting on their version of Shakespeare's study of political assassination. And the result is a bit like Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade in that we are constantly aware of how the drama is shaped by the institutional setting."
Michael Billington for The Guardian
"This is a production that is resolutely determined to be as edgy and uncomfortable as possible, including noisy outbreaks of live punk rock...One begins to feel that its not just Caesar who has been murdered but the play itself. "
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph
"Intense and bracing...Impressively cocking a snook at the sceptics, Lloyd's fine cast...seem to be working on the principle of Ed Hall's all-male Propeller company: that the objective is to seize the essence of the character not to go in for any distracting impersonation of the opposite sex."
Paul Taylor for The Independent
"Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar is extraordinarily bold. It’s not just the casting that makes it feel daring; there’s also a crazed, percussive intensity, and the production abounds with weirdness, thuggery and horror...even if it’s not a Julius Caesar for purists, this is visceral and exciting theatre."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard