Free to Stream: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

A landmark production from genre-defying director Robert Lepage.

Canada’s Stratford Festival is launching a film festival during this period of social isolation, offering free streaming of 12 Shakespeare productions captured as part of its Stratford Festival On Film series. This is the first time the full-length versions of these productions have been available for free.

Each film will debut viewing party and remain available for free for a three-week period on the Stratford Festival website here.

The series continues April 30-May 21 with Coriolanus, a landmark production exploring the age-old tensions that still tear at the heart of democracy.

Watch the stream below!

The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. The tragedy is one of the last two tragedies written by Shakespeare, along with Antony and Cleopatra.

Coriolanus is the name given to a Roman general after his military success against various uprisings challenging the government of Rome. Following this success, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership. His temperament is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will. The alliances he forges along the way result in his ultimate downfall.