James Corrigan of RSC's Coriolanus

Social takeover: The RSC’s Coriolanus

By Robin Johnson, Published November 8, 2017

Fierce combat, harsh politics, horrifying warfare… and surprisingly sweet-tasting fake blood! James Corrigan, star of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Coriolanus, took command of our Instagram story last night (Tuesday 7 November), leading us backstage at the Barbican during the show’s second preview.

And while theatrical matters on stage were a little more turbulent – the play sees a fearless soldier grapple with his standing as a leader in newfound Rome – the company were in fine fettle backstage, enjoying dance warm-ups, fight rehearsals… and post-combat misting. Check out the video below.

There was even time for an interval snap…

You should see the other guy #rsccoriolanus @thersc @barbicancentre @jamesarthurcorrigan

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And the day was wound up with a well-earned celebration…

Coriolanus is the visceral production which opens the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season in London. Following his sell-out hits of Oppenheimer (2014) and Don Quixote (2016) in Stratford-upon-Avon, Angus Jackson directs rising talent Sope Dirisu in the title role, set in a new city state struggling to find its feet.

Coriolanus plays at the Barbican Theatre until 18 November. You can book your tickets through the

Find out more about Coriolanus at the Barbican Theatre.

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