Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
'Unable to rely on heaven, we look to Shakespeare as a contemporary conscience' Peter Conrad
Coriolanus, a famed warrior turned politician, is driven from Rome as a traitor when he arrogantly speaks out against popular rule and loses the good will of the starving people. Banished and embittered, he allies himself with his former enemies and begins to plot a merciless revenge on Rome. Shakespeare's politically ambiguous late tragedy of a great soldier who fails to be a great leader questions the notion of heroism and what power really means.
Used and Recommended by the National Theatre
General Editor Stanley Wells
Edited by G. R. Hibbard
Introduction by Paul Prescott