“With thy grim looks and the thunder-like percussion of thy sounds...” Written at the summit of Shakespeare’s career, and featuring some of his most soaring poetry, Coriolanus is the story of class-warfare in an emergent democracy and of the psychologically crippling effects of the aristocratic martial code, told with fierce clarity. Hauntingly, Shakespeare deftly illustrates the terrible isolation of the warrior Coriolanus, who has been emotionally stunted and turned into a killing machine by his ambitious and domineering mother. Coriolanus comprises some of the most haunting and exquisite poetry ever written, dealing with such timeless subjects as murder, betrayal, the lust for power, and the devastation wreaked by Hubris. A timeless tale of pride, revenge, and political chicanery, Coriolanus remains ever relevant for modern audiences. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616) was an English playwright poet, and actor, regarded as the world's pre-eminent dramatist, and the greatest writer in the English language. Author of such timeless works as Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet and King Lear, he is often called the “Bard of Avon,” England's national poet.