In the debate scenes, the actors speak the words that Vidal and Buckley actually spoke. Outside the debates, they confer with their advisers about how to beat the other man, and – vain in a way that only television can make people – they protest to the network that the other man is getting more of the camera.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was a hit novel for Mark Haddon with its analysis of the adventures of a 15 year old boy who has a disorder in the autism spectrum, akin to Asperger's. Haddon says the novel is not a manual on autism but a book about otherness and how society at large reacts to what is different.
For the two hours without interval, the groundlings will stand as the crowd being swayed by the political speeches of Brutus (Ben Whishaw) and Mark Antony (David Morrissey) or as the inhabitants of the battle scenes at Philippi.