Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)
Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)
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Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park) NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(74 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
19%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

About the Show

Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan directs a modern-day version of Shakespeare's epic of democracy and demagoguery for The Public's free outdoor season.

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Member Reviews (74)

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942 Reviews | 225 Followers
71
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you like modern Shakespeare. Some good acting, good directing.

Don't see it if This one is slow and disappointing even if its it's free.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
80
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if Jonathan Cake's mesmerizing, galvanic performance as Coriolanus is reason alone to see this minor key tragedy Kate Burton's Voluminia shines

Don't see it if Sullivan's stalwart direction enhances plodding drama but obvious references to Trump & current political climate are within subtle reach

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
65
Good bones, Strong lead, Wasted talent, Misquided

See it if you’d like to spend a (free!) summer evening in a lovely open-air theater with pretty good sightlines & sometimes wonky acoustics.

Don't see it if you have a strong feeling for the primal power of the simply plotted, sharply delineated original. Read more

474 Reviews | 714 Followers
75
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you’re interested in a show about a tyrant leader (sound familiar?), or would like to see a less-complicated Shakespearean narrative.

Don't see it if depictions of violence and blood bother you. This play has some intense moments, but is overall easier to follow than most of Shakespeare.

384 Reviews | 132 Followers
78
Great writing, Strange, Confusing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Starts out weird but grows on you when the clear conflicts & crisp rhetoric supersede the confusing aesthetics.

Don't see it if Distracting details threaten to commandeer attention. Is that an American accent or an English one? What on earth is everyone wearing? Read more

292 Reviews | 43 Followers
81
Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare in the Park, you will relish this tragedy. Sitting in the Delacort Theater is part of the magic & this was a treat!

Don't see it if You prefer light-hearted musicals.

284 Reviews | 62 Followers
72
Slow, Intense, Epic, Some great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a masterful performance in the lead, title role by Jonathan Cake.

Don't see it if This is not even close to top tier Shakespeare in terms of the play itself. But it is well worth seeing for some fine acting.

171 Reviews | 22 Followers
85
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare 'red in tooth and claw'. An uncompromising reading of the play. Great acting, especially by the lead.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespearean drama writ large with blood and gore to the fore.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
August 5th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK. "An Electrifying ‘Coriolanus,’ Addicted to War. Jonathan Cake finds the cracks in the macho surface of Shakespeare’s strangest tragic hero in Daniel Sullivan’s fiery production in Central Park."
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Time Out New York
August 5th, 2019

★★★★ "Jonathan Cake is a glorious hunk of mess in Shakespeare in the Park's astute and timely production of 'Coriolanus,' a tragedy with a singularly disagreeable hero…The superb Cake brings a leaping physical energy to his performance...he delivers Shakespeare's winding verse with precision."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 6th, 2019

"A 'Coriolanus' Amid the Wreckage"
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New Yorker
August 12th, 2019

"Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge take pains to dredge up feelings of audience profundity, and the Public presents a colorful new rendition at Shakespeare in the Park."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 5th, 2019

"Jonathan Cake and Kate Burton star in the Central Park production of Shakespeare's lesser-known, politically resonant tragedy."
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Variety
August 6th, 2019

"Jonathan Cake takes on the unforgiving title role in Shakespeare’s rarely seen 'Coriolanus' -- and runs with it to a glorious finish."
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The Wall Street Journal
August 8th, 2019

"Betraying the Bard: At Shakespeare in the Park, a well-staged but ill-conceived production of Shakespeare’s most explicitly political play."
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AM New York
August 5th, 2019

"Shakespeare in the Park production misses the mark."
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