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.
Shakespeare is a phenomenon, like the sun and the moon. All attempts to pin him down in any way are childish and stupid – his plays can speak directly to people of every race and every level, at every moment of world history. But how? The 36-odd plays can be brought out in academic, repetitive or even childish ways. To bring any play, any role, any line, any word of Shakespeare is an ever-changing, ever-challenging task. We need the help of knowing what others are attempting. For this reason, the Shakespeare festival is vital.