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Hiddleston back to play Coriolanus

Tom Hiddleston will take the title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus
Tom Hiddleston will take the title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Tom Hiddleston is to return to the West End stage to take the title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus.

The film star - seen by cinema audiences in Avengers Assemble and War Horse - will lead the cast when the production is staged at the Donmar Warehouse.

Tom, 32, last performed at the acclaimed theatre in 2008, when he featured in Othello and Ivanov. Last year he was praised for his performance in the BBC adaptation of Henry V, part of the Hollow Crown series of dramas.

Mark Gatiss - who has featured in the BBC's Sherlock and was one of the team behind The League Of Gentlmen, as well as a writer for Doctor Who - will also star in Coriolanus, playing Menenius.

The production, which runs from December 6 to February 8, will be directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke. It will also be broadcast to cinemas on January 30 next year.

Tom said: "It's a play for our time; for any time. To have been invited by Josie Rourke and her extraordinary team at the Donmar to play this role on that stage is a huge honour, a source of great personal pride and excitement."

Other well known faces appearing in the newly announced autumn season at the Donmar include Call The Midwife actress Jessica Raine. She will appear with Linda Bassett in a Arnold Wesker's play Roots in October.

And Daniel Mays, recently seen in ITV drama Mrs Biggs playing great train robber Ronnie Biggs, will appear in The Same Deep Water As Me which will be premiered at the Donmar in August.

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