Julius Caesar takes to the outdoor stage at Compton Verney - The Leamington Observer

Julius Caesar takes to the outdoor stage at Compton Verney

Leamington Editorial 26th Jun, 2024   0

JULIUS Caesar will be taking to the outdoor stage at Compton Verney next month.

Open-air performance specialists Oddsocks Productions present a family-friendly version of Shakespeare’s great tragedy on Friday July 12.

It’s Rome 44BC. Egotistical Emperor Julius Caesar is sweating and it’s not just the heatwave. His liberal Senators are a stabbing pain in the backside. They’ve had enough. Rome is in chaos, trust in the government is weak and the emperor’s fate is written in the stars (or the ‘entrails of a goat’).

The peasants are revolting as the most famous political coup in literature is given the Oddsocks treatment.

Expect the tearing of togas, the swishing of roman swords, some preposterous puppetry, and the biggest battle scene five actors have ever created. On your marcus, getus setus, let the games begin!

Celebrating thirty-five years of touring nationally and internationally this year, Oddsocks is a family run theatre company lead by actor/directors Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie who also happen to be husband and wife and both appear in the production.

“We have appeared in the Warwickshire every year 1994” said creative producer Elli . “We have a loyal and growing audience in the area built up over the years of mounting our productions at Warwick Castle, The Bridge House Theatre and more recently Mary Arden’s Farm.”

Gates open at 6pm and the performance starts at 7pm and the total running time is two hours including interval. The show will go ahead in all but the very worst weather, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing and bring a picnic chair or blanket and a picnic. The Cafe will be open for light refreshments and people can pre-book a chair to save bringing one along for £1. There will be a free shuttle bus running between the car park and hall before and after the performance.

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