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Shakespeare's Globe

Brutus played by Tom McKay

Julius Caesar (2014)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Tom makes his Globe debut as Brutus in Julius Caesar.

Tom trained at LAMDA.

Theatre includes: The Great Game: Afghanistan (Tricyle Theatre / Public Theater, New York); Frost/Nixon (Donmar/West End); Macbeth (Almeida); On the Third Day (West End – Channel 4’s ‘The Play’s the Thing’); Rough Cuts (Royal Court); Henry V (National Theatre); Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre); Gladiator Games (Sheffield Crucible/Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour); The Arab-Israeli Cookbook (Gate Theatre); Macbeth and Lord of the Flies (RSC).

Film includes: Kill Command (awaiting release 2015), Wrong Turn 3, Imagine Me and You, Clubbed, Chromophobia and The Feral Generation.

 Television includes: Transporter (TNT); The White Queen (BBC/Starz); Hatfields and McCoys (History), The Little House, Primeval, Octavia (ITV); Spooks, Waterloo Road, Silent Witness, Casualty (BBC); The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (Channel 4); Joe’s Palace (BBC/HBO) and Lost in the Snow (Channel 4/Discovery Channel US).

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Performance

"Brutus is so contained and poised and together, and such a great orator. But in private he’s such a different man to that. And you get so much of him being that upright statuesque Roman, but there’s something incredibly releasing when he isnt that man. There’s this other Brutus bubbling underneath that’s much more human."

In his final interview tom talks about his character developing, performing in both the Globe and Playhouse, and his favourite moment in the play.

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Tech Week

"It’s a real carnival atmosphere, and our play starts with an actual festival - the Feast of Lupercal. And Dominic has made it into a wholehearted and energetic experience. So the audience are really up for it, so you get so much for free in that respect. It’s a complete pleasure."

In his forth interview Tom discusses tech week and performing in front of an audience, and how his costume helps with his character.

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Rehearsals 2

“It feels like Shakespeare was trying out something completely new in terms of how he sees the classical world and how it might be represented on the Elizabethan stage - it has a sense of people talking and wanting something from each other in a way that any great play does.”

In his third interview, Tom talks to us about working with the creative staff behind the scenes and the development of the play as rehearsals continue.

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Rehearsals 1

“Brutus was a close friend of Caesar and I think he really struggles with having to assassinate him. But I think he is genuinely terrified of what he might become, and he knows what life was like under the Tarquins. And its intrinsically part of his DNA that they’re not going back to that.”

In his second interview, Tom discusses rehearsals, the key relationships to his character, and possible motives behind Caesar’s assassination.

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Pre-Rehearsal

"The first thing that really struck me with the play was that it’s difficult to pin people down and what they want. Things that everybody says are very ambiguous because of the political world that it depicts, and I found that really intriguing."

In his first interview, Tom talks about his past experiences of performing Shakespeare and gives an insight into his character.

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