Lantern Theater Company: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in ARCADIA (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in THE TRAIN DRIVER (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission (subject to change)

Single Tickets go
Previews: $24
Opening Night: $45
Mar. 16 - Apr. 5: $33-$39
After Apr. 5: $37-$42
Students: $15
Student Rush: $10
Industry: $10
Discounts available for subscribers, students, seniors, military, and groups.
2016/17 Season

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
Now - April 16, 2017

Famine threatens Rome, and the people's hunger swells to an appetite for political change. A war hero from a powerful family, Coriolanus seems destined to be elected consul – but the people find his pride an unforgivable insult, exploding the long-simmering tensions between the fracturing state's governing elite and deprived masses. This timely story of radical class division is also a compelling psychological portrait of Coriolanus and his politically savvy mother, Volumnia, played by internationally acclaimed actress, director, and author Tina Packer.

Special Events & Performances

  • Previews: Thursday 3/9 - Tuesday 3/14
  • Opening Night: Wednesday 3/15 at 7PM
  • Student Matinees: weekday mornings beginning Tuesday 3/21
  • Lantern Pub Night: Join us in the lobby after the Friday 3/24 performance for lively conversation and a complimentary pub beverage
  • Artists in Conversation: Post-show discussions with the artists immediately following 2PM performances on Sunday 3/19, Wednesday 3/22, Sunday 3/26, and Wednesday 3/29
Cast & Production Team

Chris Anthony as Titus Lartius/Ensemble  •  David Bardeen as Sicinius/Ensemble  •  Mary Lee Bednarek as Virgilia/Ensemble  •  Kirk Wendell Brown as Cominius/Ensemble  •  Charlie DelMarcelle as Aufidius/Ensemble  •  Leonard C. Haas as Brutus/Ensemble  •  Adam Hammet as Ensemble  •  Robert Lyons as Coriolanus  •  Brian McCann as Menenius/Ensemble  •  Tina Packer as Volumnia  •  Hannah Van Sciver as Valeria/Ensemble  •  Brock D. Vickers as Ensemble

Meghan Jones, Scenic Designer & Production Manager  •  Janus Stefanowicz, Costume Designer  •  Drew Billiau, Lighting Designer  •  Robert Kaplowitz, Sound Designer & Composer  •  Michael Long, Projection Designer  •  J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director  •  Avista Custom Theatrical Services, Props Master  •  Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager  •  Erika Graff, Assistant Stage Manager
News & Reviews

"Charles McMahon brings out the play's most urgent themes in his superb, dynamic production of Coriolanus. The performances are superior without exception. Robert Lyons...makes his Lantern debut in an explosive turn as Coriolanus. He's well matched by Chris Anthony as...Titus Lartius. But the evening belonged to Tina Packer, utterly mesmerizing as Volumnia. A stage mother from hell, she's alternately seductive, cloying, vicious, and servile in her attempts to manipulate her son. Packer makes us believe she could single-handedly rule Rome." –Philadelphia Inquirer  more

"Viscerally thrilling! The show retains many of the virtues we've come to expect of McMahon's often-lauded Shakespeare series – clarity in the narrative, imaginative choreography, the pluses of seeing a work like this in an intimate space, and a hard-working ensemble who play multiple roles with commitment and skill. As seen here, in an appealing performance by Robert Lyons, Coriolanus himself is uncommonly sympathetic. Another highly distinctive factor here – and a very positive one – is the presence of Tina Packer as Volumnia, Coriolanus' shall-we-say complicated mother. Packer's presence is a lovely confirmation of something local audiences can feel proud of: the best of Lantern's Shakespeare is very fine indeed, and the company has helped bring the Philadelphia theater scene to national prominence." –Philadelphia Magazine  more

"With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made Coriolanus a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience that's not to be missed." –Phindie  more

"Lantern Theater Company's fascinating production of Coriolanus is filled with vivid performances and keen insights into the political process, no matter what the era. A great opportunity to see this fascinating rarity." –DC Metro Theater Arts  more
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Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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