A man covered in blood holding up a metal shutter


William Shakespeare

Director Angus Jackson completes our collection of Shakespeare’s epic Roman titles with this full throttle war play.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre


    Until 14 Oct 2017

  • Barbican Theatre


    6 - 18 Nov 2017

  • In Cinemas

    Broadcast live on 11 Oct 2017

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 45 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

26 September, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes our collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

Coriolanus will be broadcast live to cinemas on 11 October 2017.

The play will then transfer to the Barbican for a limited London Season from 6 - 18 November 2017.