National Theatre Live to broadcast the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
We’re delighted to announce that on 30 January 2014 we will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, live to cinemas around the world.
#aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaabaaasdflkajdfl;kjsdf #coriolanus is all about hypermasculine power and performativity #and the limits and failures of that mode of existence #and it’s also all about feminine (specifically maternal) power and performativity #and it’s all about politics #and it’s all about a psychotic death spiral of mutual obsession and love and hatred with aufidius aaaaaaaahwasdlkjfjele #i don’t give a shit about gatiss who’s playing volumnia and aufidius i neeeeed to knoooooooow #why are tom hiddleston’s career choices so fucking good to me
From Shakespeare to superheroes is not such a leap, he says. “When I started playing Loki, Edmund in Lear and Iago in Othello were my touchstones. Two impeccable bad guys, let’s throw in a bit of Cassius from Julius Caesar, a lean and hungry look and we’re off to the races. I think Ken Branagh was consciously tracking the journey of Henry V when he was thinking about Thor.”
Hiddleston’s endurance test was a four-month shoot of all three plays back to back last winter. “Out there in chainmail, on horseback, shooting battles. My hands were absolutely ruined, my knuckles were split and bleeding from being outside and fighting every day. You think, ‘I am reliving this’. Your imagination has to supply less of the detail, but at the same time I didn’t have the live audience backing me up.”
“I’m really envious of Jamie doing the whole thing every night”, he adds. “And I’m really glad that I don’t have to be filming it every night. The stamina required… I was on the floor after the shoot.”
Oh look. My two favorite people together talking about my favorite thing.
In “Henry IV Part I”, on my mind from the “Hollow Crown” airing its adaptation of the play last weekend, Prince Hal lays out his bizarre plan for ascending to kingship and respect. In this video, I discuss Prince Hal and his how he becomes Henry V, with a particular focus on the “I know you all” speech from the beginning of “Henry IV Part I”.
Link to the PBAB video will be blogged when it exists! Promise!