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Mira Calix composes new score for Julius Caesar & Coriolanus for the Royal Shakespeare Company

Julius Caesar
Royal Shakespeare Company
10 March –  9 September 2017
in Cinemas 26 April 2017
Royal Shakespeare Company
22nd September 2017
in Cinemas 11 October 2017


Mira Calix creates a new score, for Brass Quintet and electronics for this new production of Julius Caesar at the RSC. The soundtrack is performed live and Mira has written for both traditional and extended techniques for the brass players, with the electronics taking a percussive and synthesis role.

Calix closes the Rome Season with Angus Jackson’s production of Coriolanus, this time working with String Quintet and soprano Alex Ferrari.

Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

An album including music and speeches from the production is available from the RSC shop, applemusic and other online retailers–speeches-cd-2017/

For further info on the production:

Royal Shakespeare Company


Director: Angus Jackson

Designer: Robert Innes Hopkins

Music: Mira Calix

Lighting: Tim Mitchell

Sound Design: Carolyn Downing

Movement: Scott Ambler

Musical Director: Gareth Ellis

Musicians for Julius Caesar:

Andrew Stone-Fewings -Trumpet/Flugelhorn

Angela Whelan – Trumpet

Mark Smith – French Horn

Kevin Pitt – Trombone/Euphonium

Ian Foster – Tuba Euphonium