Christopher Plummer's 2008 Stratford Shakespeare Festival performance as Julius Caesar in Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra will be broadcast in high definition Dec. 26 on Canada's CTV.
Directed by Des McAnuff for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the film was originally broadcast on Canada's Bravo! on April 4 following screenings at Cineplex Entertainment theatres. The Dec. 26 broadcast is at 2 PM (check local listings).
A DVD of the filmed performance is available through the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Theatre Store, or by calling (800) 567-1600.
Nikki M. James joins Plummer as Cleopatra, "the enchanting teenage queen of Roman-occupied Egypt," according to production notes. "Their first encounter under a desert moon leads to a shift in history as Caesar teaches Cleopatra to overcome her timidity to become a determined player in the game of power politics."
The Caesar and Cleopatra principal cast also includes John Vickery, Timothy D. Stickney, Diane D'Aquila, Peter Donaldson and Steven Sutcliffe.
Plummer will play Prospero in The Tempest at Stratford in 2010.
The screening offers audiences who may never have attended the famed Stratford Festival to see the organization's passionate work up close. Shakespeare is the festival's core mandate, but works by international authors (classic and contemporary) are staged there annually, between April and November.
Caesar and Cleopatra is produced by Plummer, Barry Avrich and Michael Levine.
The 2010 season of The Stratford Shakespeare Festival begins April 10 and features productions of As You Like It, Kiss Me, Kate, The Tempest, Dangerous Liaisons, Evita, Peter Pan, The Winter's Tale, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Do Not Go Gentle, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and King of Thieves.