We're delighted to announce today that National Theatre Wales has been asked to collaborate with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the London 2012 Festival to create a new piece of work as part of an extraordinary international programme.
We have asked Mike Pearson, Mike Brookes and the rest of the creative team from The Persians (Simon Banham, John Hardy, Pete Telfer) to create a unique new theatre piece based on Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Here's the news as announced by the London 2012 Festival today:
Coriolan/us, concept by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes
NATIONAL THEATRE WALES
From the National Theatre Wales team that created Aeschylus’s The Persians on the military training range of mid-Wales, the story of Caius Martius – Coriolanus – is re-imagined in the era of 24-hour news, celebrity culture, and a new global polity. Outside broadcasts from the battlefield, popular grievances straight to camera and audience participants as the body politic provide a ‘mash up’ of previous attempts to get to grips with a figure contrary and perplexing, ever contemporary and ever challenging of our beliefs.
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