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When it comes to satire, there is a difference between what one can say and what one should

The Romantic notion of poets as the "unacknowledged legislators" of society has its limits—but where do we draw them?

By Christiana Spens  

Sponsors withdrew their support from performance of Julius Caeser with a "Trump-like" character. Photo: PA

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which presents the assassination of the Ancient Roman leader, has long been used to comment on the politics, and heads of state, of the day. Orson Welles imagined Caesar as a fascist dictator reminiscent of Mussolini (1937). More recently, an Obama-like Caesar was killed off in Minnealpolis’ Guthrie Theatre (2012). A recent Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has caused a furor, however, with sponsors pulling out because they considered…

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