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What To See: The RSC Rome Season

8 November 2017 by Emily Moulder
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Now available on TodayTix, you can get tickets to the Royal Shakespeare Company Rome MMXVII Season, playing at the Barbican Centre. But if you’re in need of a quick history lesson, here’s your guide to William Shakespeare’s Roman stories, what they’re about and why you’ll love them.


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When was it written? 1607-8 but first published in 1623.

What’s it about? A new city state is emerging and its people are divided by wealth and ideals. Coriolanus, a born soldier, finds those people looking to him to lead them, but he is ill-suited to a life of diplomacy and subtlety, craving and action and decisiveness. One of Shakespeare’s final tragedies, Coriolanus is a cautionary tale of pride, anger and war – see it from £10 with exclusive Rush tickets.

You’ll like it if: 300 is one of your favourite movies and you like your Shakespeare with a little bite.

Julius Caesar

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When was it written? It’s believed to have been written in 1599.

What’s it about? Jealousy and political machinations are at the centre of Julius Caesar. With Roman leader Caesar being praised by the city for his success against Pompey, Cassius and Brutus worry that one man with all that power should be feared. They come to one solution: they must kill Caesar.

You’ll like it if: If you’re a fan of House of Cards or The Thick of It.

Antony & Cleopatra

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When was it written? It was written approx. 1606, first performed in 1607 and published in 1623.

What’s it about? If you want the most from this production, it wouldn’t hurt to watch Julius Caesar first, then see Antony & Cleopatra, as the stories are connected. Leading Roman figure Antony is enthralled by the beautiful and cunning Cleopatra, attracting jealousy and deception from their friends and allies. This is Shakespeare’s ultimate drama of war, romance and politics.

You’ll like it if: You’ve always thought Romeo and Juliet could do with more politics. Or are Antony and Cleopatra more like Bonnie and Clyde? You decide.

Titus Andronicus

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When was it written? Sometime around 1590 – 1593.

What’s it about? Drenched in blood, Titus Andronicus is full-to-the-brim of sex, vengeance and death. Titus is a much-lauded General who quickly becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with his prisoner of war, Queen Tamora, and her sons. This production is not for the squeamish and contains scenes of a sexual and violent nature. Brace yourself!

You’ll like it if: Quentin Tarantino films are right up your street.

Exclusive £10 Rush tickets will be available for the entire Rome MMXVII Season, only with TodayTix!

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