Introduction - The play and the image displayed in the picture This section is dedicated to Coriolanus, the play by William Shakespeare. The picture is 18th century and image displayed represents the essence of the play which, we hope, will bring to life a famous scene or character from the play. The information provided in this section of william-shakespeare.info includes famous quotes / quotations from Coriolanus, summary of the plot or story, facts about the play, a list of the cast and characters and access to the full text - script of the play Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
Summary of the plot or story The last of Shakespeare's great political tragedies, chronicling the life of the mighty warrior Caius Marcius Coriolanus. It covers many issues including pride of coming before a fall. The ambitious mother of of the hero plays a large part in his initial successes. Coriolanus supports the old patrician ways and is totally out of tune with the needs of the ordinary people. Aufidius, jealous of Coriolanus's popularity with the Volscians, denounces him as a traitor, and the Volscians then kill the Roman. He then regrets his action and praises Coriolanus a real hero.
Information provided about the play William Shakespeare never published any of his plays and therefore none of the original manuscripts have survived. Eighteen unauthorised versions of his plays were, however, published during his lifetime in quarto editions by unscrupulous publishers (there were no copyright laws protecting Shakespeare and his works during the Elizabethan era). A collection of his works did not appear until 1623 ( a full seven years after Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell, posthumously recorded his work and published 36 of Williamís plays in the First Folio. Some dates are therefore approximate other dates are substantiated by historical events, records of performances and the dates plays appeared in print.
Date first performed It is believed that the play was first performed between 1607 and 1608. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and Coriolanus would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
Date first printed It is believed that it was first printed in 1623 in the First Folio. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a performance.
The settings The settings are Rome, Corioli and Antium
Theme of Coriolanus The play is categorised as a Tragedy
Number of words The number of words in the script, according to the Complete Public Domain Text is 29,375.
Most important characters The most important characters are: Coriolanus and Aufidius
Famous Quotes / Quotations The quotes from Coriolanus are amongst Shakespeare's most famous including 'Nature teaches beasts to know their friends'. Details of this famous quote follow, complete with information regarding the Act and the Scene, allowing a quick reference to the section of the play that these quotations can be found in. Please click here for the full text of the script of Coriolanus.
"Nature teaches beasts to know their friends". (Act II, Scene I).
History The story was based on the life of Caius Marcius Coriolanus.
William Shakespeare's Main Source Life of Caius Martius Coriolanus, by Plutarch
The Cast and Characters Click the link at the top of the page to access a list of all the cast and characters.