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Fame Meets Fortune in The Public Theatre's CORIOLANUS

Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare's last plays, and his last bonafide tragedy, is a rarely produced gem about a Roman General who understands how to win a battlefield...but not the ballot box.

Most recently, audiences may have seen the Ralph Fiennes' helmed-and-directed film, or the NT filmed version of the Donmar Warehouse's production, directed by Josie Rourke with Tom Hiddleston in the title role.  The last production by the Public Theatre was 40 years ago in 1979 with Morgan Freeman as the furious general.  However, this production boasts a leading man, Jonathan Cake, who has already played the role a dozen years ago at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

It's a delight, therefore, to see a live staged version on a grand scale at the Delacourt, where Roman citizens can be staged en mass with a full ensemble, rather than two or three actors doubling a million other roles.  Daniel Sullivan is blessed to have his post-apocalyptic vision upheld by impressive scene design w…

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