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Coriolanus (Shakespeare in the Park)

From 74 member  reviews
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. More…

From the show:

For the first time since 1979, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents "Coriolanus," the Bard’s blistering drama about a general voted into power by a populace hungry for change, and the unraveling that follows. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare In The Park’s Troilus and Cressida) directs a modern-day version of this riveting epic of democracy and demagoguery.

Member Reviews (74)


Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

During previews
So boring

See it if you are bored and like joining the lottery. The second half is less boring than the first half, but the whole show is a dragging bore

Don't see it if Even if you haven't seen Coriolanus I wouldn't recommend this, just pay to watch something that's actually entertaining. You've been warned!

During previews
Bad acting, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You like Shakespeare and you like the institution of Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for actors who sound like they're reading words off a page as they navigate sloppy direction and staging.

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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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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August 6th, 2019
"A 'Coriolanus' Amid the Wreckage"
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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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