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You common cry of curs

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London might be closed due to the impact of the alert response to Covid-19, but the National Theatre Live’s own pandemic response brings the play Coriolanus to the small screen.

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

The story follows the rise and fall of military leader Caius Martius (latterly Coriolanus) during a time of famine in the Roman Empire.

Martius barely hides his disdain for the masses and is loathed in return, but after he defeats the neighbouring Volscians, he earns the title Coriolanus.

He now aims to become the most powerful elected official in the Empire, but, unloved and banished from Rome, he returns at the head of his former enemies’ army, intent on revenge.

The one week season screens from tomorrow morning (NZ time) until June 11. Contains scenes featuring occasional gore and staged violence. Go to www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home for the link.

Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus