The RSC has announced full casting for Angus Jackson’s upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Presented as part of the Rome season, Coriolanus will join Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus in the company’s repertoire before transferring to London’s Barbican Theatre from 6 November 2017.
As previously announced playing the title role is Sope Dirisu, who most recently performed as Cassisus Clay in One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse) and ITV’s The Halcyon. He is joined by Haydn Gwynne who returns to the RSC after 11 years to play his mother, Volumnia. Haydn can currently be seen as Camilla in series two of Channel 4’s The Windsors. Her other credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); as Margaret Thatcher in The Audience and in TV’s Father Brown, Uncle and Death in Paradise.
Also returning to the RSC is Associate Artist Paul Jesson who plays Menenius. Paul was last at the RSC with Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies in which he played Cardinal Wolsey in the Swan Theatre, West End and Broadway productions. Paul’s other credits include the movie adaptation of Coriolanus directed by Ralph Fiennes and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.
The company also includes Charles Aitken (Cominius); Tony Boncza (Senator); James Corrigan (Aufidius); Bally Gill (Citizen/Soldier); Robert Ginty (Citizen/Soldier); Ben Hall (Roman Soldier); Sean Hart (Citizen/Soldier); Martina Laird (Junius Brutus); Geoffrey Lumb (1st Citizen); Justine Marriot (2nd Citizen); Christopher Middleton (2nd Volscian Senator/Lord); Hannah Morrish (Virgilia); Jackie Morrison (Sicinius Veletus); Esther Niles (Gentlewoman); Katherine Toy (Valeria); Rebecca Wingate (Senator); Simon Yadoo (Trumpeter/1st Roman/Noble) and Assad Zaman (Citizen/Soldier).
Coriolanus is directed by Angus Jackson and designed by Robert Innes Hopkins with lighting by Richard Howell. Music is by Mira Calix and sound by Carolyn Downing. Movement is by Lucy Cullingford and fights by Terry King.