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|Crunch Time For Coriolanus
- RSC show closes early
CORIOLANUS ends its West End run Aug 2, three weeks earlier than anticipated. The Royal Shakespeare Company's production was programmed to run for three months at the Old Vic theatre.
One reason for low ticket sales is the pairing of Coriolanus with Shakespeare's less popular play, The Merry Wives of Windsor. It is also possible that the RSC's status as newcomers to the Old Vic accounts for the unpopularity of the their ongoing repertory. Other venues where the company have performed since quitting their Barbican base last year include the Roundhouse, the Young Vic, the Gielgud and the Theatre Royal Haymarket, generating a lower box office than in previous years.
But leading actor Greg Hicks has performed at the Old Vic five times before, and his current performance as the proud warrior despised by the plebeians he defends has earned him much acclaim. Fortunately, funding from the University of Michigan prevents Coriolanus from leaving the RSC out of pocket.