Gordon Meuleman

Coriolanus

Het Nationale Theater | Nina Spijkers
Thu 2 Mar ’23 20:30
Shakespeare’s most pointed play on the tense relationship between people and politics
Thu 2 Mar ’23
20:30

Shakespeare's Coriolanus describes the workings of politics in a razor sharp manner. How power groups operate and how rhetoric works. Yela de Koning plays the title role in this ultramodern Shakespearean production with a rapid heart rate and forceful punches.

When General Coriolanus returns victorious from the war, the people cheer for her. That despite hating her before the war. Coriolanus, supported by friends, is now running for the highest political office. At first, nothing seems to stand in the way of her ambition, but then her political enemies stir up the people. The citizens angrily storm the Capitol and Coriolanus has to flee. In revenge, she joins the enemy she previously defeated. She will now destroy her city, the one for which she had formerly risked her life.

In Coriolanus, Shakespeare exposes the fickleness of public opinion. The people loathe Coriolanus, then applaud her, only to banish her a few scenes later. The piece shows what happens in a society when reason and common interest are no longer the guiding factors, but rather emotion and opportunism dominate.

Part of
Philipszaalpas

Credits

Script William Shakespeare Directed by Nina Spijkers Cast Mariana Aparicio Torres, Emma Buysse, Bram Coopmans, Fjodor Jozefzoon, Yela de Koning, Rick Paul van Mulligen and others.