CORIOLANUS By William Shakespeare

The Rose Playhouse

5th to 15th September 2017 - Performances at 7.30 pm (Sundays at 3.00 pm Only) No Monday Performances

As a part of  From The Thistle to The Rose - A six week celebration of all the best in creative theatre from this years 70th Edinburgh Festival hosted by The Rose Playhouse, Bankside, London.


‘You common cry of curs, whose breath I hate

As reek o’th’rotten fens: whose loves I prize

As the dead carcasses of unburied men

That do corrupt my air: I banish you,’

To The Elephant follow their resounding success with Troilus and Cressida at Edfringe 2016 and The Rose Playhouse, with Coriolanus, another rarely performed play by Shakespeare that plunges us this time into the heart of power in Ancient Rome. In the midst of prolonged sectarian warfare, Rome tears itself apart, unable to support the commander who is winning victory after victory for the State. 

This thrilling play dives straight into a violent clash between charismatic leadership and the democratic process itself, neither side truly being able to declare victory.

The setting is the only ancient aspect of this play as democracy seems under threat around the world in 2017.The Rose Playhouse, with its layers of history sitting there for the taking, adds resonance to the timelessness of the theme.  

‘Thus I turn my back:

There is a world elsewhere.’


This production oozes quality from every pore’ Troilus and Cressida, EdFringe 2016 *****

‘RSC quality at fringe prices’ Troilus and Cressida, Edfringe 2016

‘Must-see show’ EdFringe2016

‘A cast of emerging talent.’

‘A masterclass in how to stage a Shakespeare tragedy’ Fringe Review 2016 

Patrons: Dame Harriet Walter & Penelope Moore

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site, it is advisable to dress with an extra layer as there is no heating. There are also no toilets so please use Shakespeare’s Globe just a few hundred metres away. 
Written by
William Shakespeare
Directed by
Kate Littlewood
Presented by
To the Elephant and Unfolds Theatre Present

Please arrive 15 minutes before the production starts to pay for or collect your tickets.

Booking Information


£15 Full / £12 Concs (OAP, Student or Equity - on presentation of valid ID) £10 Friends of The Rose or Southwark Residents – should apply directly to The Rose

Box Office

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