National Theatre Live has done another great production. Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus was superb. Described by Emma Freud as “the sexiest man in the world” , which is totally irrelevant to his performance, but an interesting note, he gave a very controlled performance of the man who is a warrior, who has a very high opinion of himself and a low opinion of almost everyone else, and who is driven to make his mother proud.
His mother Volumnia was played by Deborah Findlay. Volumnia to me is always the most interesting character in the play. She controls her son and his life. There is no mention of her husband; one can only assume that he did not live up to her standards and had to kill himself. Findlay’s performance was nuanced. This is the first time I have seen this play where you got a glimpse of uncertainty – had she in fact created this man who betrayed her and her country and everyone he loved?