Canadian actor Dion Johnstone on why Shakespeare's politics seem more relevant than ever

Johnstone's latest role is in a new production of Julius Caesar. He joined q's Tom Power live in studio to talk about the play's parallels with present-day politics.
Dion Johnstone as Brutus in Julius Caesar at the Crow's Theatre in Toronto. (Dahlia Katz)

With nine seasons at the Stratford Festival under his belt, Canadian actor Dion Johnstone knows his Shakespeare. His latest role is in a new production of Julius Caesar. He plays Brutus, a rationalist committed to thwarting the rise of populism. Johnstone joined host Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about the play's parallels with present-day politics and why Shakespeare is more relevant now than ever. You can see Julius Caesar at the Crow's Theatre in Toronto until Sunday, Feb. 2.

Dion Johnstone in conversation with host Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

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