Since Josie Rourke took over the artistic directorship of the Donmar Warehouse from Michael Grandage, the theatre has already scored one major Shakespearean success with the all-female Julius Caesar (directed by Phyllida Lloyd) that subsequently transferred to New York earlier this year. Now Rourke makes her own Shakespearean debut at her home theatre with another of Shakespeare's Roman plays Coriolanus, and like Grandage and Lloyd before her, finds this intimate studio space... Read more
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city falls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.
Josie Rourke directs Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston making his return to the Donmar in the title role.
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to power yet he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. Now he must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.