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 … Read more
There was a charming mix of reverence and irreverence as well, making the audience feel specially entertained and complicit with the in-jokes. The warm up prelude, People Who Like Sondheim (performed with zing by Kit and McConnel) was good fun and the duo appeared throughout as a kind of Sondheim Statler and Waldorf with witty and barbed repartee. In the second Act though, one of the unarguable surprise sensations of the evening was a five minute romp through 33 Sondheim compositions, “Ladies and gentlemen may we have your attention please…” presented with real style and panache by Martin Milnes and Dominic Ferris. These cabaret contributions provided some much needed innovative content.
Tamsin Greig is the lead performer here. She is perfect for the acting requirements. She has style, a sense of whimsical élan and a marvellous comic ability. She lands all the jokes and finds the true sense of despair which defines her character. But – Greig can’t give full measure and depth to the tunes she is asked to sing.