LAST TIME ONCORIOLANUS: News has reached Rome that Coriolanus, incensed by his banishment, has joined forces with his former nemesis, the Volscian general Tullus Aufidius, and that their army is marching towards Rome. Everyone panics!
Oh dear, the first cracks in the promising "Marfidius" bromance are starting to show. Poor old Aufidius. He welcomes his arch-enemy into his life with open arms, envisioning a glorious future together, only to see Coriolanus walking away with everyone's hearts and minds. Perennial second banana, that's our Aufidius.
"No, Cominius! Don't make us go talk to his mother! Anything but that!"
Poor old Menenius. He gets all puffed up blustering past the Volscian watchman, only to have all the air let out of his metaphorical balloon by the implacable Coriolanus. It's really very sad.
Stay tuned tomorrow, when Coriolanus's mother makes her dreaded reappearance and, perhaps not surprisingly, has a lot to say...