If you’ve never seen a “live” broadcast of one of the National Theater productions, you’ve been missing out. The Benedict Cumberbatch/Jonny Lee Miller Frankenstein was the most famous (and likely well-attended) of the NT Live events, but you can enjoy some of the best of British theater year-round. (I’m catching Rory Kinnear’s Hamlet this Thursday.) I wonder how much the National Theater took the popularity of their Frankenstein into consideration when casting another Manic Pixie Dream Brit in their upcoming production of Coriolanus. For those of you still needing to brush up your Shakespeare, here’s a quick plot summary of what Hiddleston will be taking on:
The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius.No mention of showers. Hunh. Odd. You can find out more information about where and when you can see Hiddleston strip off in 2014 here. In the meantime, enjoy the view.