NCP disappoints with Caesar and Cleopatra (Mar 1962)
NCP entered 1962 with six commendable years of experience that enthralled Nairobi audiences. However, their first production of 1962 – Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw – was plagued by technical glitches on the opening night and the critics had a field day. However, the two protagonists – Alan Simmance as Caesar and Loretta Davett as Cleopatra – performed commendably.
Much of the blame was showered on the producer, Robert Beaumont, who also played a minor role in the play.
However, the reviews were not entirely negative. Several actors were praised for their commendable performances and Mary Epsom was praised for all the lovely costumes, which extended to the programme sellers who were dressed as Egyptians.