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Avengers Assemble actor Thom Hiddleston and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss are to star in a West End production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.

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The production will run at the Donmar Warehouse from December 6 to February 8 2014.

Shakespeare’s tale of political manipulation and revenge features Hiddleston in the title role.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender, Coriolanus. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Hiddleston, 32, last performed at the Donmar 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.

Gatiss will play Menenius in the production, which will be directed by the Donmar’s artistic director Josie Rourke.

Hiddleston 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.”

Public booking for the production opens on June 25.

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