Coriolanus (Dover Thrift Editions)
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The last of Shakespeare's tragedies, Coriolanus was written in approximately 1608 and derived from Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans. A timeless tale of pride, revenge, and political chicanery, it remains ever-relevant for modern readers and audiences.
“high-profile crowd and sympathetic tribunes [to be] counterbalanced by a Herculean Martius.”49 The next Stratford production set the tone for all subsequent productions. Laurence Olivier had played the role at the Old Vic in 1938, imagining Coriolanus as a victim of “arrested development” with his “reliance on and subservience to his mother, his almost schoolboy hatred of Aufidius, and the special fury at the taunt of ‘boy of tears.’ ”50 Twenty-one years later at Stratford, Olivier’s proud,
Antium in the second half. For Act 5, for the plain before the walls of Rome where the Volsci set up their encampment, we flew everything out and had the vast empty stage of the old RST (seen for the last time in its history in this production). It somehow echoed the barrenness of the relationships between Rome and the Volscians. Did your production find itself taking sides in the disputes between patricians and plebeians, Coriolanus and the crowd? Farr: I suppose my production was noted for
engage passionately with the rhetoric, and invest each side with real conviction. What was your take on Menenius and his fable of the body? Farr: Menenius is trying to express, in as affable a way as possible, the point that the plebeians who feel hard done by and neglected are actually fundamentally connected to the aristocracy and in need of them. I suppose it is a conservative justification of what I have been describing. Menenius puts a delicate and kindly spin on what is actually a very
that everything he believes in has gone. It reminds me a little of when you see one of those wonderful old traditional Westerns when the cowboy realizes that all the codes and everything he’s believed in has gone by: that quality of a vanishing world. There was a beautiful sense of heartbreak in that moment for him. At that point the Volscians just pour upon him like wolves and they literally rip him to shreds. Doran: The terrifying bloodbath is pitiful, and we couldn’t but believe that
complexions various types of person 208 agreeing in agreement/alike, equal 209 seld-shown seldom-seen 209 flamens priests 210 popular plebeian 210 puff become out of breath 211 vulgar station place among the crowd 212 Commit … kisses i.e. they raise their veils and risk getting sunburn 212 damask pink 213 nicely gauded skillfully made-up 213 th’wanton spoil the unrestrained destruction/lascivious plundering 214 Phoebus the sun god 214 pother fuss, commotion 215 that … him whichever