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Coriolanus

Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare

The Renaissance Theatre Company at Chichester Festival Theatre

Reviews

The Chichester Festival has begun its 30th anniversary season with a thoroughly enjoyable Renaissance Theatre production of Coriolanus.

Financial Times, Malcolm Rutherford

Kenneth Branagh is as formidable a Coriolanus as we have seen for some time. With his hair slicked back and nothing but a silver breastplate over his torso, he has a sweaty, thuggish look. Any Tom Brown would think hard before jumping into the ring to try his luck with this primeval Flashman. Yet the really alarming part of the Branagh anatomy, one more cutting even than his sword, is his tongue: I haven’t heard anybody, either actor or aspiring politician, sneer so stylishly in ages: There are no tendentious interpretations, no fancy “directorial concepts” here; just Branagh’s electricity, Dench’s truculent punch, Richard Briers’s Menenius, a complacent housemaster out of his depth with a prefect as headstrong as Coriolanus.

The Times, Benedict Nightingale

Iain Glen exudes toughness confidence and menace and looks ripe for brutality. He is devious to his fingertips. When he sweeps Corialanus up in a homo-erotic embrace it could be to crush the life out of him.

Evening Standard, Nicholas De Jongh

Volumnia herself is played by Judi Dench: a fine stern portrait:but there are lots of other good things, from Richard Briers’s Menenius À half fogey, half old fox À to Susannah Harker’s touching performance as Coriolanus’s wife. Iain Glen makes Aufidius an opponent fully worthy of his great rival.

Sunday Telegraph

Awards

Regional Theatre Awards:
Nomination for Best Actor, Iain Glen

Credits

Kenneth Branagh
Caius Martius
Richard Briers
Menenius Agrippa
Judi Dench
Volumnia
Iain Glen
Tullus Aufidius
James Simmons
Titus Lartius
David Gant
Cominius
Susannah Harker
Virgilia
Helga Brindle
Valeria
Alex Scott & Jamie Harvell
Young Martius
Jimmy Yuill
Sicinius Velutus
Gerard Horan
Junius Brutus
David Cardy
Roman Citizen
Conrad Nelson
Roman Soldier
Chris Barnes
Roman Citizen
Michael G. Jones
Senator
Rory Murray
Messenger
Theresa Fresson
Lady-in-Waiting
Tim Killick
Aedile
Andy Hockley
Volscian Soldier
Gary Mavers
Volscian Soldier
Tim Supple
Director
Bunnie Christie
Designer
Ben Ormerod
Lighting Design
Photography
Richard H Smith


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The Chichester Festival has begun its 30th anniversary season with a thoroughly enjoyable Renaissance Theatre production of Coriolanus.