A military hero of ancient Rome who attempts to shift from his career as a general to become a candidate for public office - a disastrous move that leads to his heading an attack on Rome. The last of Shakespeare's tragedies, Coriolanus is a timeless tale of pride, revenge, and political chicanery.
"He was not of an age, but for all time," declared Ben Jonson of his contemporary William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Jonson's praise is especially prescient, since at the turn of the 17th century Shakespeare was but one of many popular London playwrights and none of his dramas were printed in his lifetime. The reason so many of his works survive is because two of his actor friends, with the assistance of Jonson, assembled and published the First Folio edition of 1623.