Julius Caesar


Writers: William Shakespeare


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Plutarch's Lives
Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
rome, 44 BC
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, Large Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult, elderly, early teen characters


Based on true events in Roman history, Julius Caesar tells the story of the powerful ruler brought down by the betrayal of those he held dear.

Julius Caesar has just emerged victorious in a series of Roman civil wars and has become extremely popular with the populous. A fellow general, Cassius, organizes a group of conspirators -- including Caesar's close friend, Brutus -- to stop Caesar from becoming king. Meanwhile, Caesar ignores warnings from both a soothsayer and his wife, Calpurnia. The conspirators pretend to petition for a recall so that they may crowd around Caesar, and then stab him to death. Caesar fights back at first, but when he sees Brutus takes his turn, Caesar gives in to his fate.

Shakespeare’s play not only features the events leading up to the assassination of Caesar, but also details the subsequent war and political turmoil that followed. This thrilling historical drama has been beloved by audiences for centuries, and contains many fantastic monologues for young actors interested in working with iambic pentameter!

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