The protagonist's name is strangely enough one of the most misspelled words in English language, often appearing as Julius Ceasar.
A hugely popular prescribed work for schools and university English courses, as well as productions by schools, Repertory and Shakespeare societies and the like.
The original text
Though originally published as The Tragedy of Julius Caesar in the First Folio of 1623, the play is believed to have been written in 1599, since a performance was mentioned by Thomas Platter the Younger in his diary in September 1599. Stylistic evidence also appears to point to this date.
South African translations
Translated into a number of South African languages, including:
Tsonga: Translated as Julius Caesar by S.J. Baloyi, published by Sasavona/Swiss Mission in SA in 1957; A revised version by Charlotte Nkondo published in 1973 by the Swiss Mission in SA, reprinted by Sasavona, 1993. Title also found as Julius Casaer, in one source, but almost certainly a spelling error.
South African adaptations
Caesar by André P. Brink (1961)
This is an original play, not a version of Shakespeare's work.
SeZaR by by Yaël Farber (2001)
Premièred at the Grahamstown Festival in 2001, directed by Yaël Farber, with Hope Sprinter Sekgobela (SeZaR), Menzi Ngubane (Brutas), Tumisho Masha (Kassius), Tony Kgoroge (Mark Anthony (sic)), Siyabonga Twala (Sinna, Oktavius and sangoma), Mary Twala (Soothsayer), Mmabatho Mogomotsi (Porshia) and Keketso Semoko (Kalpurnia).
The same production, after a run in England, was staged at the Market Theatre in February 2002.
The work received a total of four FNB Vita Awards.
Performance history in South Africa
1834: Performed in English, under the patronage of the Governor, as Julius Caesar by the "Private Amateur Company" (a civil society), in the Amateur Theatre (Liefhebbery Toneel) on 30 September, with The Spectre Bridegroom, or A Ghost in spite of Himself (Moncrieff) as afterpiece.
1861: The "Quarrel Scene," from Julius Caesar was performed in the Garrison Theatre at Keiskama Hoek by the Sargeants of the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot on June 13 and 17, the characters of Brutus and Cassius being played by Sergeant-Major T.H. Smith and Sergeant J. Lydon. Also performed were the plays The Lady of the Lake (Scott/Dibdin) and Cool as a Cucumber (Jerrold), and an interlude by the Ethiopian Serenaders. (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)
1976: Maynardville's 1976 production of Julius Caesar, opening 8 January, was directed by Leonard Schach with Roger Dwyer in the title role, also starring David Dodimead, Keith Grenville, John Whiteley and many others. Schach's decor was realised by Peter Krummeck and Jennifer Craig designed the costumes. This was the Spotlight Theatre's 21st anniversary production.
1984: Presented by NAPAC at the Alhambra Theatre, Durban, directed by English director Peter Dews  (1929-1997) from 5 March 1984. This production visited Balgowan, Pietermaritzburg, Newcastle, Empangeni and Uvongo until 31 March. NAPAC's production was presented at the 1984 Grahamstown Festival with Eckard Rabe, Don Ridgway, John Hussey and Michael Swinton, redirected for the Festival by John Hussey and Michael Swinton. Lighting by Mick Hughes, adapted by Joe Freedman, sound effects by Tim Oilver.
1995: An adaptation was staged in September 1995 at the Windybrow Arts Centre and in the Momentum Theatre at the State Theatre, directed by Walter Chakela, with a cast including Professor Mavuso, James Whyle, Juanita Strydom.
Translations and adaptations
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 7. June 13, 1861.
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 8. September 30, 1861.
Trek, 8(5):16, 1943.
Inskip, 1977. p 127.
Teaterwoordeboek, Vaktaalburo, 1977.
National Arts Festival programme, 1984.
PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.
Die Burger, 3 July 2001.
Natal Witness, 7 July 2001.
Sunday Tribune, 27 January 2002.
The Star, 7 February 2002.
The Sowetan, 8 February 2002.
Sunday Independent, 10 February 2002.
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