Giulio Cesare

George Frideric Handel

28 Sep - 13 Nov 2019

Dates & venues

Cleopatra and Caesar unite – will love or power triumph?

Egypt, ancient times. The Roman leader Julius Caesar hounds an enemy to the edge of his empire. Arriving at the Egyptian court, he encounters a dynastic feud between the young queen, Cleopatra, and the joint ruler, her cruel brother, Tolomeo. As alliances shift, an ecstatic new love soars but Caesar soon finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of shifting alliances and bloodthirsty ambition…

Handel’s take on the tempestuous romance between Caesar and Cleopatra features some of his most exciting music. Vengeance and desire drive vividly-etched characters through this ravishing, brutal masterpiece and an astounding series of glittering arias, by turn seductive, desperate, triumphant and tender.

Tim Albery’s acclaimed production returns under the baton of Baroque specialist Christian Curnyn in a production of beautiful and dramatic designs and all the colour, passion and epic sweep of a Hollywood blockbuster.


£15 to £75*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays

Running time
Lasts approximately 3 hours 15 minutes

Sung in Italian with English titles

On sale dates
Full Season Package: 14 Mar
Create Your Own Package: 21 Mar
Bronze Patrons: 4 Apr
Friends: 5 Apr
Under 30s: 8 Apr
Public booking: 9 Apr
Tour venues: from Mon 4 Mar

*Prices and booking dates vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

What the critics said...

“Splendid singing and playing… direct and serious, full of telling detail, and serves Handel admirably.”

★★★★ — The Independent (2012)

“An immediate hit… accomplished singing framed by an attractive spectacle.”

★★★★ — The Telegraph (2012)

“…compelling…delivers some of the finest, most tasteful baroque singing you will hear anywhere.”

★★★★ — The Guardian (2012)


Justina Gringyte

Giulio Cesare

Sophie Bevan


Heather Lowe


James Laing


Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian


Darren Jeffery


Creative team

Christian Curnyn

Conductor (ex 6 Nov)

Manoj Kamps

Conductor (6 Nov)

Tim Albery


Leslie Travers

Set and Costume Designer

Thomas C. Hase

Lighting Designer

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