Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper talks to award winning actress Harriet Walter about the big screen version of The Donmar Warehouse’s Julius Caesar.
A familiar face on stage, cinema and TV, Harriet Walter combines two of them next week as the Donmar Warehouse’s version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar arrives in cinemas around the UK.
The ground breaking production, originally staged in 2012, features an all-female cast and is set inside a woman’s prison, with all the cast playing prisoners who, in turn, take on Shakespearean roles. Walter is Brutus and, as she explains in this exclusive interview, her prisoner alter-ego is based on a real political activist, who she met in the USA and who also made an active contribution to the production.
She also reveals mixed feelings about filmed stage performances being shown in the cinema, and talks about the challenges that went with this particular production. Including sudden switches from Shakespearean English to something a lot more contemporary …….
The Donmar Presents Julius Caesar is in cinemas on Wednesday, 12 July. Read our review here.