Handel's Julius Caesar to be retold at Theatre Royal Bath

PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 28 October 2017

Julius Caesar - Christopher Ainslie as Julius Caesar and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith

Julius Caesar - Christopher Ainslie as Julius Caesar and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith

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The Olivier award-winning English Touring Opera (ETO) will return to Bath this week for two nights.

Julius Caesar -Catherine Carby as Cornelia and Benamin Williamson as Tolomeo. Picture: Richard Hubert SmithJulius Caesar -Catherine Carby as Cornelia and Benamin Williamson as Tolomeo. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith

A new production of Handel’s masterpiece Julius Caesar is divided into two parts.

This is the first time the opera has been performed in Bath, with more than four hours of music split across two performances.

Julius Caesar is Handel’s most celebrated opera and the audience will witness a clash of titans on the stage.

The show is a thrilling story of passion and revenge which features a treasure trove of great variety of drama.

Julius Caesar - Benjamin Williamson as Tolomeo and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert SmithJulius Caesar - Benjamin Williamson as Tolomeo and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith

Across the performances the opera follows the events surrounding Caesar’s conquest of Egypt as well as his uneasy alliance and romance with Queen Cleopatra.

In Part I: The Death of Pompey with Caesar’s rival overthrown, a small group of Romans find their lives turned upside down in Egypt.

In the aftermath of Pompey’s defeat, Caesar, Cleopatra and her brother, Tolomeo, fight for Egypt’s throne.

Handel’s creation continues in Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle as the Battle for the Kingdom of The Nile reaches crisis point.

Julius Caesar - Benjamin Williamson as Tolomeo and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert SmithJulius Caesar - Benjamin Williamson as Tolomeo and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith

With Caesar presumed dead, Cleopatra held captive by her brother and Pompey’s family enslaved, the key protagonists reach their lowest point.

The award-winning company are among the leading producers of Handel operas in the UK and have produced 15 of his works in as many years under director James Conway’s leadership.

The ETO will return to Bath following a string of successful shows in previous years.

It was nominated for two international opera awards last year and won the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

Julius Caesar - Christopher Ainslie as Julius and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert SmithJulius Caesar - Christopher Ainslie as Julius and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith

The company will host a pre-show talk before both performances at 6.30pm.

Tickets to the talks are free of charge and can be booked at the box office.

Julius Caesar Part I: The Death of Pompey will start at 7.30pm on Monday and Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle will also start at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

Tickets, priced £23-37, are available from 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

If you purchase tickets for both parts of the show you will receive a 10 per cent discount.

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