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Coriolanus

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1994 production of Coriolanus. Directed by David Thacker with Toby Stephens as Coriolanus and Caroline Blakiston as Volumnia.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
25 May 1994
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
David Thacker
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Adrian Johnston
Production Design
Fran Thompson
Cast
Toby StephensCaius Martius Coriolanus
Caroline BlakistonVolumnia
Barry LynchTullus Aufidius
Philip VossMenenius Agrippa
David KillickCominius
Alan FaulknerVolscian Senator (2) (Senator (Volscian))
Alan FaulknerSenator (2) (Senator)
Anthony NaylorTitus Lartius
Colin GeorgeSenator (1) (Senator)
Colin JarrettWatch (2) (Watchman)
Daniel EvansServant
David HounslowWatch (1) (Watchman)
David HounslowServant
Ewan HooperJunius Brutus
Griffith JonesVolscian Senator (1) (Senator (Volscian))
Howard CrossleyServant
Ivor HillYoung Martius
Jeremy PykeYoung Martius
Julia CraneServant
Kenn SabbertonAdrian
Linal HaftSicinius Velutus
Monica DolanVirgilia
Tanya MoodieValeria
Thusita JayasunderaGentlewoman

Additional Details

Theatre
Swan Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
Coriolanus
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A second recording was made at the Barbican 22 August 1995.
General
Citizens are played by Linford Brown, Nigel Clauzel, Anthony Cochrane, Julia Crane, Howard Crossley, Daniel Evans, Adrian Irvine, Colin Jarrett, Vivian Munn and Fiona Tong.

The RSC advertising poster, to encourage younger people to fill the seats at the Barbican transfer, carried the caption ‘a natural born killer too’ referring to Oliver Stone’s feature film NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994).
History
Press night 24 May 1994
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm. The set design includes Eugene Delacroix’s painting ‘Liberte Guidant Le Peuple’ half finished as a large backdrop.
Reviews
Love, Karen G. ‘How Does It Mean? The Use of Artifact as Metaphor in Fran Thompson’s Set Design for David Thacker’s Production of Coriolanus, the Swan Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, July 12, 1994’. Shakespeare Newsletter 44 (1994): 67, 76.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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