The latest production to screen as part of the National Theatre at Home is Coriolanus, which was staged at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. The National Theatre have been consistently brilliant throughout the coronavirus pandemic, sharing accessible world-class theatre via their YouTube channel.
A searing Shakespearean tragedy of revenge and political manipulation. Directed by Josie Rourke, Coriolanus stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Betrayal, The Night Manager) in the title role and Mark Gatiss and Hadley Fraser as Menenius and Aufidius respectively.
The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman warrior, Caius Marcius Coriolanus. When Rome is threatened by an old adversary, the city calls on their hero and defender, Coriolanus to protect them. But as the famine in Rome spreads and breeds unrest, there is a hunger for change. Coriolanus realises he has enemies at home too.
Probably most recognisable as the villainous Loki in Disney’s Marvel Universe, Hiddleston gives an incredible performance as the Roman leader. One of Shakespeare’s least-adapted and little-known plays, this production by the National Theatre is absolutely compelling viewing.
Recommended for those aged 12 years and over, the production contains scenes featuring occasional gore and staged violence.
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