Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)
Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)

Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(75 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (75)

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184 Reviews | 30 Followers
Must see, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a modern interpretation of a classic Shakespeare play. Great production set in a garbage dump...right in the middle of CP.

Don't see it if you are so stupid as to not be familiar with Shakespeare's works.

58 Reviews | 19 Followers
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare's classic words set in a way that bring new relevance. It isn't an over-the-top re-imagining, but just enough.

Don't see it if you have trouble with Shakespearean English. It isn't the most well known or accessible of his works, so it wouldn't be a good one to start.

148 Reviews | 13 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Like clarity of language and depth of interpretation in a difficult play

Don't see it if uncomfortable grappling with a difficult play for 3 hours

199 Reviews | 29 Followers
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.

311 Reviews | 45 Followers
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.

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

146 Reviews | 34 Followers
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You’d like to see Shakespeare under the stars, a good production of Coriolanus, great acting

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare, long plays, or need to see something exceptional. This production was good but very straightforward.

450 Reviews | 148 Followers
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

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 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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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 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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AM New York
August 5th, 2019

"Shakespeare in the Park production misses the mark."
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