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SHAKESPEARE PLAY FULL OF BLOODSHED AND REVENGE

Print Version

CORIOLANUS
by William Shakespeare
directed by David Lawrence
The Bacchanals

at The Long Hall, Roseneath, Wellington
From 24 Jan 2013 to 2 Feb 2013

Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson, 29 Jan 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post

The actors line up across the stage in typical Bacchanal style – casual and welcoming – at the start of the rarely performed in New Zealand Coriolanus: an unusual introduction to one of Shakespeare's flintiest plays.

Coriolanus presents a picture of Rome that is in striking contrast to the picture Shakespeare paints of Rome seduced by the East in Antony and Cleopatra, which we can see in the forthcoming Summer Shakespeare production.

It is a tough play, full of violent language, bloodshed, revenge and the martial values of valour, honour and love of country. [More
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