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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Coriolanus (1983, Elijah Moshinsky)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorElijah Moshinsky
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 30 mins
Audiencecollege and university
Play ConnectionsCoriolanus (teleplay)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


Yet another of the BBC Shakespeare plays, based on the 1951 Peter Alexander text. Modest cuts and alterations focus attention on the main rather than on the subordinate characters. Other changes underscore Coriolanus' emotional struggle with Volumnia and enhance the drama of his ultimate capitulation (5.3). To further highlight 5.3, the scene at 5.4 has been transposed to precede it

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Menenius AgrippaJoss Ackland
AedileNicholas Amer
SiciniusJohn Burgess
ValeriaHeather Canning
AdrianValentine Dyall
Citizen Of AntiumS. Finlay
Young MarciusDamien Franklin
CominiusPatrick Godfrey
AufidiusMike Gwilym
Caius Marcius CoriolanusAlan Howard
CastPaul Jesson
Volscian SenatorsReginald Jessup
NicanorTeddy Kempner
CitizensRussell Kilmister
CastLeon Lissek
VirgiliaJoanna McCallum
BrutusAnthony Pedley
CastBrian Poyser
CastRay Roberts
Roman SenatorJohn Rowe
CastJon Rumney
SoldierJay Ruparelia
Titus LartiusPeter Sands
GentlewomanPatsy Smart
VolumniaIrene Worth

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorElijah Moshinsky
Director's AssistantRos Pool
ProducerShaun Sutton
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
ComposerStephen Oliver
ChoreographyEleanor Fazan
Fight CoordinatorMalcolm Ranson
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
Production ManagerSarah Busby
CostumesMichael Burdle
MakeupKezia de Winne
LightingJohn Summers
SoundDerek Miller-Timmins
ProductionDick Coles
Production AssociateFraser Lowden

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell