Shakespeare's Globe

Coriolanus [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Motoi Miura

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in Japanese by Chiten, from Kyoto, Japan.

This renowned company from Kyoto works under the direction of one of Japan's most imaginative artists, Motoi Miura. Known for its minimalist vision, this company produces an expressive theatre rooted in the exploration of words, sound and human body. Celebrated for their work on Chekhov, which has proved highly successful in Russia, they are now bringing their vision of Shakespeare to England for the first time. 


Caius Martius, a brilliant Roman general, takes victory against the Volscian city of Corioli, and ishonoured with the name ‘Coriolanus.’ However, his contempt for the common people of Romemean his fortunes are short lived, as the tribune orders him to be banished. Exiled from Rome,Coriolanus makes an allegiance with his old enemy Aufidius and swears vengeance against the cityhe once loved. Desperate for mercy, Coriolanus’ mother Volumnia visits him and dissuades her sonfrom destroying Rome. Coriolanus instead brokers peace between the Volscians and the Romans,only to be killed by Aufidius his betrayal.

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