Josie Rourke on strategy and Coriolanus
On Start the Week Tom Sutcliffe talks to Josie Rourke about her production of Coriolanus, the story of the war hero destroyed by his own pride and the forces of realpolitik. His battle strategy fails on the streets of Rome as the masses get their first taste of democracy. David Runciman asks whether democracy breeds complacency rather than wisdom or reform, and in his study of Strategy, Lawrence Freedman asks why great military strategists often make such poor political leaders. Dominic Lawson tries to keep his moves hidden, as he enthuses about the world of chess.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Josie Rourke is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.
Coriolanus is on at the Donmar Warehouse until 8 February and there will be a National Theatre Live broadcast of Coriolanus on 30 January.
Dominic Lawson is a journalist.
His series of chess interviews, Across the Board, starts on 30 December at 1.45pm on Radio 4.
David Runciman is professor of politics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity Hall.
The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present is published by Princeton University Press.
|Interviewed Guest||Josie Rourke|
|Interviewed Guest||Lawrence Freedman|
|Interviewed Guest||David Runciman|
|Interviewed Guest||Dominic Lawson|