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Britannicus by Jean Racine is a tragic play that delves into the intricacies of power, betrayal, and love within the Roman imperial family. The story primarily revolves around the intense dynamic between Emperor Nero, his stepbrother Britannicus, and their shared love interest, Junia.

Racine masterfully weaves a tale of political intrigue and personal vendettas, painting a vivid picture of the complex relationships and motivations of each character. The dialogue is sharp and poignant, capturing the emotional turmoil and inner conflicts that drive the characters' actions.

The play is a gripping exploration of the consequences of ambition and jealousy, as well as the lengths individuals will go to in order to secure power and dominance. Racine's writing is elegant and evocative, drawing readers into the treacherous world of ancient Rome.

Overall, Britannicus is a captivating and thought-provoking play that showcases Racine's skill as a playwright. It's a must-read for fans of classic literature and historical dramas.

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Britannicus is son and heir of the Roman emperor Claudius. However, this does not please Nero, who wants both throne and Britannicus's fiancee Junia. - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Nero, emperor, son of Agrippina: Dale Burgess Britannicus, son of Messalina and of the emperor Claudius: David Purdy Agrippina, widow of Domitus Ahenbarbus, the Father of Nero, and widow by her second marriage of the emperor Claudius: Matea Bracic Junia, beloved by Britannicus: thestorygirl Burrus, tutor of Nero: ToddHW Narcissus, tutor of Britannicus: Alan Mapstone Albina, confidential friend of Agrippina: Sonia Stage Directions: Larry Wilson Editing: ToddHW

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