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Shakespeare's Globe

Mark Antony played by Luke Thompson

Julius Caesar (2014)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Luke returns to the Globe to play Mark Antony in Julius Caesar.

Luke trained at RADA.

Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blue Stockings.

Television includes: In the Club (BBC1) and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: ‘The Ties that Bind’ (ITV1).

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Performance

"I always like listening to the scene between Calpurnia and Caesar. It’s a very inspiring scene, and can be interpreted in a lot of ways. But I like listening to all that stuff about Caesar not understanding what fear is."

In his final interview Luke discusses his favourite moment in the play, the Globe audience becoming Roman crowds and performing the play in the Playhouse.

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Tech Week

"The play is very jagged; Shakespeare tends to grab hold of a character, write for them for one or two scenes, and then drops them. So after the second half, he sort of gives up on Anthony a bit until the end. That’s quite tricky."

In his forth interview Luke talks about the transition from rehearsal room to Globe stage, scenes that are proving a challenge and the importance of where his character fits in the play.

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Rehearsals 2

"If you’re dressed in a certain way then you feel a certain way and that will sort of help you, I think. You move differently – you can’t help but move differently because the clothes won’t allow you to do certain modern things."

In his third interview, Luke discusses the final stages of rehearsals and what to expect from the upcoming tech week.

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Rehearsals

“I love how ambiguous Mark Antony’s language is, and how there is constantly a questioning of what he means. Is he being ironic, is he being sarcastic, or is he – as he states later on in the play – speaking plain and straight to the point.”

In his second interview Luke talks about what’s been happening in rehearsals so far, the language of Mark Antony, and his complicated relationship with Brutus.

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Pre-Rehearsals

“The Globe is a very affectionate space – this play is a big jagged and it’s less clear where you lie with it. Which is interesting in a space where sympathy and contact play such an important part.”

In his first interview Luke discusses his initial impressions of the play, how he prepares for a role and how manipulative his character of Mark Antony is.

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