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Caesar and Cleopatra

Witness one of George Bernard Shaw’s plays come to life on the New York Stage! With renowned director David Staller at its helm, understand why Shaw was considered one of the finest dramatists and playwright of his generation. Follow the story of two of history’s most notorious characters, who transformed the political landscape around them!

Why Watch Caesar and Cleopatra

Written by one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century, George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra premiered in 1898. A winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925, Shaw wrote more than 60 plays and was the leading dramatist of his generation. A well-known political activist, Shaw’s early works centre on themes of empire and imperialism. Caesar and Cleopatra, set in Ancient Egypt, is a fictional take on the relationship between Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. Caesar and Cleopatra is an epic comedy of two of history’s most shrewd and intelligent characters. Shaw aimed to prove that it was political prowess that drew the two together rather than love.

David Staller is in charge of the direction and is one of the most noted performers and directors on the New York stage. He has directed all 65 plays of Shaw, including his last unfinished work. A longtime fan of Shaw, Staller brings forth the masterpiece to the New York stage after nearly 40 years. Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Robert Cuccioli, Brenda Braxton, and Teresa Avia Lim, Staller’s production is guaranteed to entertain audiences thoroughly!

The Story

Cleopatra is vying for power and the Egyptian throne, which is currently in the hands of her brother, Ptolemy. Julius Caesar, the Roman dictator has just landed on the shores of Egypt and is all set to invade the country. The guards plan to persuade Caesar to proclaim Cleopatra as the ruler of Egypt instead of Ptolemy, but they cannot seem to locate her and are told that she has run away.

In the desert, Caesar comes across Cleopatra, who is sleeping beneath a sphinx. Cleopatra is unaware of Caesar’s true identity and tells him about her fear of the Romans and their leader, Caesar. She tags along with him to the palace, and only realized his true identity when he is hailed by the guards.

Will Caesar trust Cleopatra with the Egyptian throne and mentor the young, beautiful and ambitious woman? Will this alliance prove to be the first straw leading to the death of Caesar?

Good For

Lovers of Political Dramas | Fans of George Bernard Shaw

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Tue, Wed, Thu 7:30 PM
Fri, Sat 8:00 PM
Sat 2:00 PM
Sun 3:00 PM

Duration
2 hours and 30 minutes, with 1 intermission

Cast
Brenda Braxton
Rajesh Bose
Robert Cuccioli
Dan Dominques

Director
David Staller

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

Additional Information

Audience
Suitable for all ages. No entry for children below age 4.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In-house Bar
Coat Check

Seating
The Theatre Row - Theatre One has a seating capacity of 88.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.

Theatre Address

Theatre Row - Theatre One, 410 West, 42nd Street, Between 9th and 10th Avenues, New York NY 10036, USA

Getting There

By Subway

  • Get off at 42 St - Port Authority Bus Terminal Subway Station using lines A, C, or E. The destination is just a 5-minute walk from here.

By Bus

  • Get off at 9 Av/ W 42 St using buses M11 or M34A-SBS. The theatre is right across the road.
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