Scene from Caesar and Cleopatra

Scene from Caesar and Cleopatra

Unlike Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, where the character of the Queen of Egypt is of equal importance to her Roman lover's, it is Julius Caesar who dominates in George Bernard Shaw's play Caesar and Cleopatra. Shaw said of Shakespeare's work on the Roman Emperor that he 'never knew human strength of the Caesarian type' and when he wrote the piece he wanted to write on a classical theme for 'the classic actor of our day'.

This Birmingham production starred Geoffrey Bayldon as Caesar, Doreen Aris as Cleopatra, and a young Albert Finney as Belzanor, the captain of Cleopatra's guard.