As any thespian will tell you, there’s a lot that goes into getting ready for live performances. Rarely do those in the audience get to see all the nuances that helps make a production work. Luckily for fans of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, the team behind it has released a backstage video featuring the lead of the Shakespearean tragedy Tom Hiddleston.
The classically trained actor leads the production with his commanding presence and sophisticated demeanor considering the violent and vicious nature of the drama, one of the last written by Shakespeare.
For those who are unfamiliar with this particular work of the Bard, written during his later years, Coriolanus takes place in ancient times when Rome is threatened by an old enemy, the city calls once more on their hero and defender: Coriolanus, whom has enemies at home and other obstacles to face as well. Famine threatens the city and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.
Hiddleston is no stranger to the world of Shakespeare. The actor previously starred in Othello and Cymbeline on stage, as well as in BBC’s The Hollow Crown film series last year, portraying Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 as well as Henry V, to rave reviews.
Check out the backstage video below as Hiddleston and company show the world what it takes to get ready for the stage:
For those unable to make the trek to London to watch Hiddleston grace the stage, Coriolanus will be filmed and broadcast as part of National Theatre Live on January 30, 2014, which started preparations this week for its broadcast according to Donmar Warehouse’s twitter feed.
Coriolanus opened in December on the West End and just had its run extended until the later part of February.
You can check out our review of the play here.