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Friday, December 20, 2013

Tom Hiddleston As Shakespeare’s Coriolanus


Tom Hiddleston is doing Shakespeare again!
That is a very good thing.



He is an excellent actor, and even though he must be immensely busy with the publicity and production demands of the Thor and Avengers films, it is very exciting to see him return to Shakespeare again.
He is playing the title character Coriolanus in London at the Donmar Warehouse, under the direction of Josie Rourke.
If any of you see the play live, please do send in your thoughts and comments here, or on  facebook, twitter, etc. I would love to know what you think.
The reviews are good and it looks to be a great success.
I recently watched him in the Hollow Crown series again, and I was struck at how well he communicates the language of Shakespeare.

Tom Hiddleston as Henry V in the Hollow Crown series

Many actors have a tendency to rush the language. They don’t allow the language to breathe, as it were. 
Instead of speaking the lines as if they were coming into their heads for the first time, which is how real people think and speak, they recite the lines from memory, which robs them of the spontaneity. 
Mr. Hiddleston is wonderful at speaking the lines as if he were the first person to ever speak them. He makes them his own. It is quite remarkable, and very refreshing.
It is interesting that he is choosing to do one of the lesser known, and more challenging roles. Coriolanus is a very complex character -- a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. I have my own Shakespeare Solved ideas about why Shakespeare wrote this play, and what the play means, but that's for another time. Suffice to say that Mr. Hiddleston has a wonderful sense of adventure in performing this character.
I do hope that he continues to do Shakespeare on stage, and it becomes a lifelong endeavor. I can’t wait to see him as Macbeth, Hamlet, Benedick, Richard II and Richard III, and so on. I think he would be fantastic as Petruchio.
As much as he is famous for his Loki role, I think he will eventually become even more well known for his Shakespearean performances.
I will be seeing Coriolanus not on the stage but on a screen through National Theatre Live. I can’t wait.
For more information, and a location near you to see the play on the big screen, please follow this link:
In the meantime, here are as many pictures as I could find of the production:












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