In this passionate, poetic and darkly comic drama, a charismatic leader is given absolute freedom to challenge social convention in pursuit of personal obsession.Following the death of his beloved sister, Emperor Caligula deserts the Roman Assembly for three days and three nights. He returns with a single objective: to understand the meaning of life. Caligula , in this new translation by David Greig, was first presented at the Donmar Warehouse in April 2003.
David Greig was born in Edinburgh. His plays include Europe, The Architect, The Speculator, The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Outlying Islands, San Diego, Pyrenees, The American Pilot, Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee, Damascus, Midsummer [a play with songs], Dunsinane, The Monster in the Hall and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture to produce collaborative, experimental theatre work. His translations and adaptations include Camus's Caligula, Euripides' The Bacchae, Strindberg's Creditors and J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.