Kenneth Ransom stars in this national touring production by James Evans.

Bell Shakespeare has announced its third production for 2018, a national touring production of Julius Caesar by Associate Director James Evans. The play was last put on by the company in 2011, staged by then Co-Artistic Director Peter Evans. Bell Shakespeare’s productions for 2018 also include Antony and Cleopatra, starring Catherine McClements and Johnny Carr, and Molière’s The Misanthrope, with the title role played by Danielle Cormack. For next year’s Julius Caesar, Kenneth Ransom takes on the eponymous ruler in a production that will be seen in 27 venues across Australia.

Kenneth Ransom in Julius Caesar. Photo: supplied.

“In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare explores what happens when fear infects a society and I think everyone can relate to that,” James Evans said. “Audiences will see a lot of themselves and their society reflected in the play. It’s also just a cracking great story, full of action and some of the most incredible language Shakespeare ever wrote. It will be a really exciting night in the theatre”.

“Our commitment to a truly national reach is stronger than ever”, said Bell Shakespeare’s General Manager Gill Perkins. “For over 20 years we have presented the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the farthest parts of Australia; from Bunbury to Darwin to Launceston”.

Ransom is joined by an ensemble cast including Ivan Donato, Emily Havea, Louisa Mignone, Nick Simpson-Deeks and Russell Smith.

Julius Caesar is at Arts Centre Melbourne July 18 – 28, Canberra Theatre Centre October 12 – 20 and Sydney Opera House October 26 – November 25.

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