The BBC has proudly upheld a unique and long withstanding relationship with the works of William Shakespeare ever since its early days in 1923, when it first broadcast a full-length adaptation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Since then, BBC actors and producers from consecutive generations have perfected the fine art of performing Shakespeare in a number of classic and modern broadcasts.
‘Coriolanus’ is just one of the plays featured in the BBC Radio 3 series of full-cast productions from the most legendary playwright in history. Every performance in this unique, high quality BBC Radio Shakespeare audiobook series features the former Director of the Royal National Theatre, who introduces each acclaimed production. This one in particular is based on the life of Caius Marcus Coriolanus, a Roman leader from ancient legend.
This tragic tale begins when the Roman general, Coriolanus himself, seizes the town of Corioli. However, he soon falls flat out of favour with the people of Rome when he absorbs the blame for the loss of rioters’ stores of grain. Before long he launches an attack on Rome, with tragic consequences.
Starring Samuel West, Susannah York and Adrian Dunbar, this thrilling production is available for you to download and enjoy as an MP3 audiobook.