Sunday, June 24, 2007

No Tears for Caesar

I bet this would be fascinating to see, but I wonder if it even exists anymore. In between starring roles on Broadway in THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG and A SHOT IN THE DARK, William Shatner returned to his native Canada to perform in a two-hour taped adaptation of JULIUS CAESAR for a prestigious CBC program called FESTIVAL. It aired December 18, 1960, and starred Shatner as Marc Antony, Fritz Weaver, Douglas Rain (later the voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY), Robin Gammell, Kate Reid and even a young John Vernon. It looks as though Weaver, who played Brutus, may have been the only American in the cast.

EDIT: Yep, it exists. And you can see various scenes on YouTube. Here's just one of them:

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