Not my first time seeing Coriolanus performed, but the performance that I have most enjoyed. This was the Stratford (Ont.) version from 2018. Since I’ll be participating in two elections this year, first provincial, then federal, the nature of leadership and democracy are top of mind right now. The friend who accompanied me to this screening also commented on the timeliness of the theme.
I must say that Lucy Peacock, playing Coriolanus’ mother, was amazing! Who knew that Coriolanus had a Tiger Mother? She played her part in a way that made me laugh as she steered her son exactly where she wanted him to go. Ms. Peacock stole every scene that she was in.
The play had a modern setting, something that I don’t always appreciate in Shakespearean drama, but with this play it worked. A feature that my friend and I both particularly appreciated was a portion of the dialog which was done via text message. It received snickers from our theatre audience and was completely appropriate in its context. While remaining true to the play’s dialog, it was a nifty updating.
If only we could send all of our politicians to see Coriolanus and hope that they would understand how contempt for the electorate does in a great military man!