One of my favourite authors has a role in the NTlive production of Coriolanus at the end of January. Mark Gatiss, who wrote the fun Lucifer Box adventures that started with The Vesuvius Club, will be Menenius alongside Tom Hiddleston who takes the title role. The Shakespeare play is a Donmar Warehouse production, broadcast from their Covent Garden theatre and directed by their Artistic Director, Josie Rourke.
Shakespeare is believed to have written Coriolanus around 1608 and the basis of the storyline is the biography of legendary Roman general Gaius Marcius as written by Plutarch in his The Lives Of The Noble Grecians and Romans. His legend suggests that his got his 'nickname' of Coriolanus by fighting with exceptional courage at a siege of the city of Corioli. However current historians doubt whether the man himself really existed.
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender, Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. 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.
Cineworld, Thu 30th Jan, 19:00.
Tickets £12.78 adults, £10.89 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.