Tom Hiddleston to take on Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston fans, it’s time to start saving your nickels and dimes for a trip to London as it’s just been announced the actor will be taking on the title role of Coriolanus in William Shakespeare’s tragic play about the legendary Roman leader, Caius Marcius Coriolanus.

The play is part of the Donmar Warehouse’s Autumn season, and will also star Mark Gatiss. It’s due to premiere sometime in December, and will be directed by Josie Rourke, the Donmar’s Artistic Director, who expects the play to take on a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s work.

Rourke describes Hiddleston as “one of our leading young classical actors,” and added that early discussions with Hiddleston about the role included talk of “ideas about militarism and what being an extraordinary warrior does to your mind.”

Along with Coriolanus, the Donmar Autumn season boasts a series of productions Rourke describes as being about a “sense of young people trying to find their place in the world.” They include the world premiere of Nick Payne’s drama The Same Deep Water As Me in August, and Arnold Wesker’s Roots in October.