Coriolanus at Barbican Theatre tickets
Coriolanus at Barbican Theatre tickets

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About the show

Launching the RSC’s much-anticipated Rome MMXVII season at the Barbican this winter is director Angus Jackson’s incendiary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Starring the up-and-coming talent Sope Dirisu, this powerful war story viscerally explores the brutal formation of identity for both its titular hero and the Roman republic.

Shakespeare’s tale follows Caius Martius Coriolanus, an accomplished and fearless soldier who has the reins of leadership reluctantly thrust upon him. When his aspiring mother begins carving a path towards political power, Coriolanus struggles to change his nature and do what is required to attain greatness.

With a widening schism between rich and poor the Roman fuse is lit, threatening an explosion of violent civil unrest. Our titular hero must decide where his true allegiances lie.

Following his sell-out hits of Oppenheimer and Don Quixote in Stratford-upon-Avon, critically acclaimed director Angus Jackson leads this thrilling opening production in the Rome MMXVII season. Rising star Sope Dirisu takes the role of the conflicted hero, following his lauded performance in One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse.

The beautiful battle-worn city aesthetic is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Richard Howell. The production is scored by Mira Calix, with sound design provided by Carolyn Downing.

Coriolanus is the first production in the RSC’s electrifying Rome MMXVII season transferring to the Barbican this year, the first directorial outing for Angus Jackson, with Julius Caesar to follow late November. Iqbal Khan helms a spectacular adaptation of Anthony and Cleopatra, with Blanche McIntyre concluding the season with the tale of Titus Andronicus.

This arresting tale of war, ambition and identity makes its way on to the Barbican stage for a limited run from the 6th to 18th November 2017.

Recommended for

Shakespeare fans should not miss the chance to catch this one of the Bard’s less-performed classics, which sets the stage for this incredible historical season.

Age Recommendations: 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 06 Nov 2017
Press night: 08 Nov 2017
Booking from: 18 Nov 2017
Booking until: 18 Nov 2017

Location and map

Barbican Theatre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS

7 Reviews Add review

The RSC are back to their best with 'Coriolanus'. Strong acting throughout though my only criticism was that I didn't feel I was in... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Not a favourite of Shakespeare's plays, but the production was very well done in terms of staging and performances.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 204 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Enjoyed the show and set.

miho 150cm, 6 reviews, 2 helpful votes

timreynard 5"11, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Unremarkable production, with the exception of Haydn Gwynne's stupendous Volumnia

sondheimkid 170, 191 reviews, 25 helpful votes

Not my favourite Shakespeare play, but it was worth seeing.

TheatreZolw 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Seatfiller 6"1, 149 reviews, 1 helpful vote