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    Coriolanus Tickets

    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.

    Performance dates: 18 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017

    Running time: 3 hours (including an interval)

    Age recommendation: 10+

    Special notice: 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.

    Best Seats

    SeatPlan Recommends: Due to its modern design the Barbican seating provides largely unobstructed views from vast majority of its seating. The best position for audiences to fully appreciate this remarkable production can be found in the centre of the stalls.

    Latest Audience Reviews

    The RSC are back to their best with 'Coriolanus'. Strong acting throughout though my only criticism was... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 Nov 2017

    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 Rome as the staging didn't seem to add anything too it. The first part felt a big fragmented, however the second part was a lot more flowing and relevant. Overall, a great start to the Rome season of four Shakespeare plays at the Barbican.

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 Nov 2017

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

    londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer18 Nov 2017

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

    londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer18 Nov 2017

    Enjoyed the show and set.

    miho 27 Nov 2017
    timreynard 23 Dec 2017

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

    sondheimkid Top 50 reviewer08 Nov 2017

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

    TheatreZolw 19 Nov 2017
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