Royal Shakespeare Company: Coriolanus
Friday, April 13, 2007 - Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Royal Shakespeare Company returns with Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus as part of the citywide festival, Shakespeare in Washington.

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From the Washington Post:
"THE RSC's POWERHOUSE CORIOLANUS IS THE MOST ELECTRIC NIGHT OF SHAKESPEARE THE FESTIVAL HAS PRESENTED! Powerful…with the intensity and ferocity of a latter-day political thriller. Magnum-force [Houston] has the growl of Ian McKellen and the bearing of Daniel Craig. Sterling performances include West's Menenius…Suzman proves to be a consummate Volumnia. This one's a keeper!"
--Peter Marks |  Read the full review here

From Variety:
"STIRRING! Coriolanus is hoisted high by William Houston's powerful interpretation… superb cast. Director Gregory Doran infuses the work with high energy and emotion."
--Paul Harris | Read the full review here

From the Washington Times: 
"POLISHED TO A COMMANDING SHEEN! The fighting scenes are when the play most comes alive, the skirmishes rendered with carefully articulated frenzy. Houston plays [Coriolanus] as a fiery fighting machine. Suzman plays [Volumnia] not solely as a steely Roman matron but as a touchingly humane strategist."
--Jayne Blanchard

From the Baltimore Sun:
AWFUL BEAUTY... HORRIFIC AND STUNNING AT THE SAME TIME. William Houston plays [Coriolanus] like a born brawler. Janet Suzman's staunch, determined Volumnia is the type of shrewd, relentless diplomat who could broker treaties… from the family dinner table to the Middle East." 
--J. Wynn Rousuck 

From the Washington CityPaper:
"A MUSCULAR, FULL-THROATED PRODUCTION! Stirring battle scenes... Janet Suzman is fittingly austere and regal."

From The Examiner:
"FIRST-RATE! Striking direction, impressive sets, impeccable acting, and a powerful leading man. When it comes to performing Shakespeare, nobody does it with the authority and self-assurance of the Brits."

on WETA's "Out & About"

including insight from assistant director Christopher Rolls

Royal Shakespeare Company

Company includes William Houston, Janet Suzman, and Timothy West
Directed by RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran

For the final production in its five-year Kennedy Center partnership, the legendary Royal Shakespeare Company performs one of the Bard's most epic and riveting dramas--a political and personal tragedy about a brilliant general whose prideful isolation becomes his downfall. Exiled from Rome for his unpopular views, Coriolanus plots to unleash a bloody crusade of vengeance, and only his family can convince him to abandon the assault. Acclaimed RSC actor William Houston portrays the title role, while Janet Suzman--an Academy Award nominee for the film Nicholas and Alexandra--is Coriolanus's rigid mother Volumnia, one of Shakespeare's strongest female characters. And Timothy West portrays Menenius, whose clever tongue makes him the perfect foil to Rome's embattled leader. Don't miss this fascinating exploration of the nature of power, as told by one of the world's greatest theater companies.

Part of the Shakespeare in Washington festival


  • William Shakespeare - Playwright


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