Written February 14, 2014
Tom Hiddleston is a mind-blowing actor. And this is the perfect way to see Coriolanus - the intimacy and closeness allows you to identify and care for these characters.
Written February 19, 2014
Coriolanus, as a whole, was beyond expectations! They had tears in my eyes and my heart pounding - and with only a 10 by 10 square foot stage with minimal props! Absolutely brilliant!
The only thing I was not a fan of, the 20 minutes of promos that ran over and over well after the 7pm start time.
Written February 21, 2014
Play itself was interesting/enjoyable, despite my never having heard of it before. Bonus interviews, production video added to the exp. All acting was superb. However, the audience (Plano Angelika) was among the worst I've ever endured during a movie. It felt like the vast majority of the audience was only there to coo over Tom Hiddleston, and didn't care a thing for Shakespeare or common movie/theater etiquette. I am female and probably wouldn't have gone to see this play had it not been for the leading actor. However, the audience was so bad I felt embarrassed (for them, and to be a fan), and they came very close to ruining my experience. It was packed, and we had to ask people if seats were vacant. They snarked that Tom was sitting there, but that he'd move. I sat before the loudest girl in the theater who gasped/moaned sensually through the whole thing and argued w/ her date that Tom Hiddleston was her world/pure perfection/her only reason for living. I think she may have climaxed.
Written January 31, 2014
The small Donmar stage makes for the biggest plus as the production doesn't get bogged down with scenery and scene changes. There is complete focus on the individual and each actor gives a fantastic portrayal. One's prejudices against this play are shattered with this don't miss production.
Written February 17, 2014
The actors were very good. However, I prefer my Shakespeare as I prefer my opera. Straight. There was too much disconcerting stage business going on and it interfered with the production. Guess I have to blame the director for that. I'm not a purist when it comes to classical works of every kind. But if the staging or stage business makes it necessary for the actors to work around it instead of with it, and, more to the point, if that just becomes annoying, causing the audience to lose some of the beauty of the words or music, then the production fails. One starts by thinking, "I must be out of sync with this in some way", and ends with the decision to leave at the break. I really looked forward to this viewing because I saw Hiddleston in "The Hollow Crown" and he was outstanding .Back to the purist thing, I've seen a production of "Die Walkure" where the valkyrie came onto the stage via stick horses and a trampoline, and loved it. Enough said?