Print Edition - 2017-06-21  |  Life & Style

Trump fans threaten Shakespeare theatres

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- BBC, NEW YORK

Jun 21, 2017-

Several theatres in the US have received threats and complaints after a show in New York depicted the assassination of a Julius Caesar made to look like President Donald Trump. Messages wished death upon theatre staff at unrelated establishments in an apparent mix-up. It appears complainers did not check which theatre they were angry about. The title character in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, written in 1599, is stabbed to death by Roman senators. The play draws on the real-life assassination of Julius Caesar, 2,061 years ago. Although the show’s run has now ended, protesters have been getting in touch with theatres with Shakespeare in the name to voice their disgust. Shakespeare Dallas, in Texas, has had 90 emails, while Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts has had nearly 50, plus about 10 angry phone calls. “It’s a case of mistaken identity,” said Raphael Parry, the artistic director at Shakespeare Dallas. “If you don’t want to see political commentary, don’t go see it,” he said.

Published: 21-06-2017 08:37

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