The original text transfers with surprising ease to the 21st century, and while the gravitas that comes with a period setting might be missing, the breeziness that we find in its place is charming.
Coriolanus has long been one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays. This is partly because of its tight focus: it’s an extended character study of a war hero re-encountering the city for which he has fought, the shifting opinions of the people first electing him Consul and then banishing him.
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