Last night, I was finally able to see the play everyone has been talking about for months, Coriolanus! I so was wanting to travel to London to see it live, but since I missed tickets when they first went on sale, all other tickets left available were priced tremendously high. BUT I did get to go to a local theatre (not a movie theatre, an actual theatre that has a pretty nice Shakespeare festival!) and watch it via National Theatre Live! This was huge for me! I was finally seeing Coriolanus! I know so many people who got to see it live and had heard the best things about it, so I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself.
First thing, the Donmar looks absolutely stunning! The theatre is so small and intimate it really adds to the performance.
Second thing, I really loved the minimal set! It worked so well! Also, it reminded me so much of Spring Awakening. I believe it was the minimal set and cast sitting and standing in the background that gave me SA vibes.
Third thing, I actually enjoyed the music during scene transitions! It doesn’t seem like that type of music would fit something like Coriolanus, but in my opinion, it really enhanced it.
Fourth thing, The cast was tremendously talented! I was BLOWN AWAY. How do they memorize the text like that and recite it without fault? It’s amazing! Of course, Tom was amazing! What else did you expect! 😉 Mark Gatiss put on quite the performance and was also amazing! (When is he not?!) I’ll admit it, I mainly went for Tom and Mark, but by the end I couldn’t believe all the talent on stage. It was mind boggling to think that these people did that same performance every night for months. Amazing.
Fifth thing, I didn’t have any clue as to what Coriolanus was about. I did read the brief summary on the flyer they gave us beforehand which helped set the story. But as the story went on, I actually understood it all. I was thinking that with something like Coriolanus, I might not fully understand the story as a whole, but by the end, I was heartbroken. I understood all the hardships that Martius and his family went through.
Sixth thing, huge congrats to the Donmar for putting together such an amazing cast and performance! I can’t imagine how great it would’ve been to this in person! And one more thing… DVD PLEASE!
Did any of you see Coriolanus this past weekend? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments below! I’d love to hear! Thanks for reading!