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National Theatre at Home: Coriolanus

A Donmar Warehouse production

by William Shakespeare

From 4 to 11 June 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 40 mins with a very short interval

4 star rating

'A complex, compelling central performance.

Time Out
4 star rating

A fast, witty, intelligent production.

4 star rating

Tom Hiddleston is super-intense.

Sunday Times
4 star rating

Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage with a compelling performance.

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Volumnia is played with a brilliantly casual, ball-breaking elegance by Deborah Findlay.

The Times
4 star rating

Tom Hiddleston delivers a powerhouse performance.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Tom Hiddleston is the ideal combination of emotional reserve and physical bravura.

4 star rating

A scorching Tom Hiddleston leads Josie Rourke's tense, revelatory staging.

4 star rating

Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power...magnificent.

4 star rating

Unfailingly vivid – intelligent, brisk and brutal.


National Theatre at Home: Coriolanus

Tom Hiddleston (Betrayal, The Avengers, The Night Manager) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too.

As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs the company including Mark Gatiss (The Madness of George III, League of Gentlemen), Hadley Fraser (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Young Frankenstein), Alfred Enoch (Tree, Harry Potter film series) and Deborah Findlay (Allelujah!, Top Girls).

Coriolanus was filmed live on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014 by National Theatre Live.

BBFC rating 12A when released in cinema. Contains scenes featuring occasional gore and staged violence.

We’re all about experiencing theatre together.

At a time when you aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to bring you National Theatre at Home.

Coriolanus was available as part of National Theatre at Home from Thursday 4 June, on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, then on demand for one week until Thursday 11 June.

Some of the best British theatre was free to watch from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube, with each title available for one week.

Thank you to all the amazing artists who have allowed us to share Coriolanus in this way, during a time when many theatre fans aren’t able to visit their local theatre. 

Audio-described provision for Coriolanus

There was an audio-described version of Coriolanus, made available on a separate YouTube feed.

A Donmar Warehouse Production

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Official Trailer | Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston

Watch the trailer for Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role.

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Official Clip | Interfering Mothers! | Donmar Warehouse's Coriolanus

When your Mum wants you to be someone you’re not. Tom Hiddleston, Deborah Findlay and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen feature in the Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Coriolanus.

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fficial Clip | A World Elsewhere with Tom Hiddleston | Donmar Warehouse's Coriolanus

‘Let every feeble rumour shake your hearts!’ Caius Martius Coriolanus (Tom Hiddleston) turns his back on the city of Rome, in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke.

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Tom Hiddleston on Shakespeare's Coriolanus as a Hero | Donmar Warehouse

Tom Hiddleston describes the hardness of Shakespeare's great hero Coriolanus, as a man who has denied himself, and feels invulnerable. The character lives at the pitch of extremity, with extraordinary physical courage.

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Why stage Coriolanus? | Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke | Donmar Warehouse

'I wanted to do Coriolanus because it's a great part. It's one of Shakespeare's greatest and most challenging roles, for an actor. It demands everything.' - Tom Hiddleston

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What makes Coriolanus relevant? | Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke | Donmar Warehouse

The 'great' Shakespeare plays come and go with different fashions and different times. Josie Rourke, director, and Tom Hiddleston, who plays the title role, argue that the tragedy of Coriolanus is one of the great Shakespearean works.

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Photo by Johan Persson