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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.

Director:

Tim Van Someren

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

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

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Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$323,659
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Changes since the previews week: pyrotechnics, more use of the ladder, more humor, more interaction between Coriolanus and the supporting cast, and fruit being thrown at Coriolanus. See more »

Quotes

[Coriolanus picks up Brutus and tosses him from the podium]
Coriolanus: For the mutable, rank-scented many, let them regard me as I do not flatter, and therein behold themselves. I say again, in soothing them, we nourish against our senate the cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition, which we ourselves have ploughed for, sowed, and scattered by mingling *them* with *us*, the honoured numbered, who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that which they have given to beggars.
Menenius: Well, not more!
Valeria: We beg you, no more...
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Connections

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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