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RSC: Coriolanus

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 power, yet he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. Now he must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Set in a new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor widens every day, this visceral production opens the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season in London. Following his sell-out hits Oppenheimer (2014) and Don Quixote (2016) in Stratford-upon-Avon, Season Director Angus Jackson directs rising talent Sope Dirisu in the title role. 

3 hours/including an interval


15 Nov 
Post-show talk

17 Nov, 7.15pm 
Audio-described and captioned performance

Presented by the Barbican 

The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation


a photo of actor Sope Dirisu who plays coriolanus

Coriolanus' plot


Angus Jackson, Director and Sope Dirisu, Coriolanus explain the plot of Shakespeare's full throttle war play.

Barbican Theatre