Coriolanus, Sheffield Crucible

The Stage. Coriolanus Crucible Sheffield March 2020

Those battle scenes are staged with an almost cinematic intensity – sirens blare, spotlights swoop over the audience, and the immersive nature of Stones’ set means that, depending on where you’re sat, a soldier with a machine gun could be just inches away from you. There’s also some suitably visceral hand-to-hand fighting, with fight director Renny Krupinski’s choreography producing some wince-inducing cracks and snaps.

Sheffield Stamp March 2020

The sound effects and lighting for the battle scenes are excellent, evoking the feel of the chaos and intensity of warfare. The stage fighting between Coriolanus and Aufidius (Theo Ogundipe) is very well done – especially difficult to pull off in the round.