Christopher Plummer will return to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, next season to play Julius Caesar in George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra.”
Production will be directed by Des McAnuff, one of the Festival’s incoming triumvirate of artistic directors. Plummer’s last appearance at Stratford was in a 2002 production of “King Lear” which transferred to Lincoln Center in 2004.
Starring opposite Plummer as Cleopatra will be Anika Noni Rose, Tony Award winner for “Caroline, or Change” and recently acclaimed for her performance as Lorrell Robinson in the film of “Dreamgirls.”
“Christopher Plummer is an international treasure,” says McAnuff. “He and Anika get on like a house on fire and I’m thrilled that they will be bringing their very impressive skill sets and depth of talent to these remarkable parts.”
“Ceasar” will mark the third time Stratford has presented a play by George Bernard Shaw. The other two were “Saint Joan” in 1972 and “Arms and the Man” in 1985.
The Festival also officially announced its two musicals for next season: “The Music Man,” to be directed by Fest veteran Susan H. Schulman, and “Cabaret,” helmed by Amanda Dehnert, known for innovative productions at Trinity Square Rep in Providence, R.I. Both shows will be staged at the proscenium Avon Theatre, instead of putting one on the thrust Festival Stage, as has been the custom in the past decade.