This stab at Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a drama of political intrigue, corruption, ambition, envy, rhetoric and conspiratorial cunning, is disappointing.
Under Stuart Burge’s firm direction the highspots are brought out effectively but the backgrounds and crowd sequences are stagey and lack the passion and abandon needed to project the star scenes.
Biggest disappointment is Jason Robards’ Brutus. He rarely suggests ‘the noblest Roman of them all’ and his delivery of Shakespeare’s verse is flat, uninspired and totally dull.
John Gielgud in the significant but smallish title role, is probably the one that comes nearest to true Shakespearian thesping.
Charlton Heston makes a praiseworthy stab at Mark Antony, giving the role a dominating power.