Caesar and Cleopatra

Play

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
5
First Produced
1906
Genres
Historical/Biographical
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
October 48 B.C. - March 47 B.C. Egypt
Cast Size
large
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, Mostly Male Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, late teen, young adult, adult, early teen, elderly characters

Synopsis

In George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra, the aging Julius Caesar meets teenage Cleopatra by chance one night under the Egyptian moon. There is turmoil in Egypt; civil war has torn the nation in two as Cleopatra and her younger brother vie for the throne. Caesar does his best to help the young queen grow into a great ruler, one that favors wisdom, honor, and clemency as a means of governance. But as Egyptian insurgents besiege the palace at Alexandria, Caesar might not be able to keep the country together or even escape Alexandria alive -- let alone the greater challenge of managing the headstrong Cleopatra. Caesar and Cleopatra, a less known work from one of the 20th century’s most popular playwrights, is an exploration of power, politics, vengeance, and mercy.

Lead Characters