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National Theatre Wales
August 2012
In the Vale of Glamorgan

Coriolan/us

From SHAKESPEARE and BRECHT

Directed by MIKE PEARSON and MIKE BROOKES

From the team that created our startling version of Aeschylus’s The Persians on the military training ranges of mid-Wales, the story of Caius Martius – Coriolanus – is re-imagined in the era of 24-hour news, of celebrity culture, and of a new global politics.

In association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival, which was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

About the Production

Directors Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes, who also created The Persians, reunited to retell Shakespeare’s story of Caius Martius - Coriolanus - in the era of 24-hour news, celebrity culture and a new global politics.

The production took place in Hangar 858, a disused World War II aircraft hangar at RAF St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan. Audience members heard the speech and sounds through headphones using silent disco technology, and were free to move around the space. Two large screens in the centre of the space also showed action filmed from within the crowds and from above.

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a piece full of technical surprises
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un o’r profiadau theatrig mwyaf anhygoel dwi erioed wedi profi

gripping
a production that brilliantly conveys the confusion, unpredictability and opportunism of civil strife
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exhilarating

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spectacularly immersive
It is the immediacy of the events that grabs you
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an outstanding production that makes several big points about the theatre today
an unforgettable political and personal drama: rich, tough and resonant
another tremendous feat
The speaking is so uniformly excellent – so intent, so spittingly clear, so totally natural – that it would be not only wrong but actually impossible to pick out one actor to blazon above another.

Cast

BRENDAN CHARLESON
Titus Lartius

JONNY GLYNN
Cominius

NIA GWYNNE
Sicinius

RICHARD HARRINGTON
Tullus Aufidius

CHRIS JARED
Brutus

RICHARD LYNCH
Coriolanus

RHIAN MORGAN
Volumnia

JOHN ROWLEY
First Citizen

MATTHEW THOMAS
Menenius

GERALD TYLER
Second Citizen

BETHAN WITCOMB
Virgillia

SAM JONES C.D.G.
Casting Director

LUCY TAYLOR
Casting Assistant