The production of Julius Caesar at the New Theatre in Sydney last night reminded me of the movie 300 retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. Caesar had sufficient gravitas for a Royal Shakespeare production. But Brutus and the conspirators spent much of the performance bare chested showing off their impressive abs. They seemed to think that shouting was necessary for projecting strong emotions. The actor playing Mark Anthony (I have no idea who the actors were, as the New Theatre web site doesn't say) appeared to be channeling Viggo Mortensen's interpretation of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.
To complete the Mediterranean theme the Matee Middle Eastern Restaurant provided an excellent feast.