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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.


Tim Van Someren


William Shakespeare (play)


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Credited cast:
Tom Hiddleston ... Caius Martius Coriolanus
Mark Gatiss ... Menenius
Hadley Fraser ... Aufidius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacqueline Boatswain ... Valeria
Sebastian Croft ... Young Martius
Peter De Jersey ... Cominius
Alfred Enoch ... Titus Lartius
Deborah Findlay ... Volumnia
Elliot Levey ... Brutus
Lucy Osborne Lucy Osborne ... Herself - Set and Costume designer
Josie Rourke ... Herself - Director
Rochenda Sandall Rochenda Sandall ... Emsemble
Helen Schlesinger Helen Schlesinger ... Sicinia
Mark Stanley ... Volscian Lieutenant
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ... Virgilia


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

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Release Date:

30 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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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 »


Volscian Lieutenant: How not your own desires?
Coriolanus: No sir, 'twas never my desire yet to trouble the poor with begging.
Volscian Lieutenant: You must think, if we give you any thing, we hope to gain by you.
Coriolanus: Well then, I pray, your price of the consulship?
Emsemble: The price is to ask it kindly.
Coriolanus: [With resentful sarcasm] Kindly? Madam, I pray... let me have it!
[Snaps his fingers]
Coriolanus: I have wounds to show you, which shall be yours in private.
[Looks to citizen]
Coriolanus: Your good voice, sir. What say you? A match, sir. So there's in all two worthy voices begged.
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Version of Studio One in Hollywood: Coriolanus (1951) See more »

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Tom Tyrannical
13 January 2015 | by StellaEtoilSee all my reviews

Even if you were a liberal arts major it's easy to skip over this Shakespeare gem, but read Coriolanus 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 TH 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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