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Coriolanus (2014)

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus (original title)
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a war hero, banished from his home, seeking to come back.



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Caius Martius Coriolanus is a war hero, banished from his home, seeking to come back.

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30 January 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Other work connections; Peter De Jersey and Tom Hiddleston - The Hollow Crown, Mark Gatiss and Alfred Enoch - Sherlock, Deborah Findlay and Tom Hiddleston - Cranford (different series), Mark Gatiss, Peter De Jersey and Hadley Fraser - Doctor Who. See more »


Sicinia: I wish no better than have him hold that purpose and to put it in execution.
Brutus: 'Tis most like he will.
Sicinia: It shall be to him then as our good wills, a sure destruction.
Brutus: So it must fall out to him, or our authority's. For an end, we must suggest the people in what hatred he still holds him.
Sicinia: This, as you say, suggest at some time when his soaring insolence shall touch the people, shall be his fire to kindle their dry stubble; and their blaze shall darken his for ever.
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Tom Tyrannical
13 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Even if you were a liberal arts major it's easy to skip over this Shakespeare gem, but read and it will contend as a favorite.

So I'm lauding the whole production but just for a moment let's talk about Tom Hiddleston and recall the roles he played in the preceding years.

TH is an actor who skyrocketed to fame playing egoists, and his roles stand in contrast to the figure he presents in real life. This is a man who's led a privileged life but is quick to explain that the opportunities he's been afforded are an accident of birth. Here I paraphrase, but Tom's has modestly stated that he found an affinity for languages (e.g. Greek) because he was afforded a chance to study them, and ideally, any child should be presented with the same opportunity.

We're talking about a lead actor with an impressive educational pedigree who believes in equality, but man is it fun to see him inhabit the skin of proto-fascist Coriolanus. Just as it's a gas to see him as Loki trying to take over the world, or Hal struggling to transform into Henry.

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a difficult role for any actor; the character is a poor politician. Tom delivers in a big way.

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