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By Georgina Littlejohn On December 18, 2013

Tom Hiddleston Wows Theatre Critics With His 'Stellar' Performance As Coriolanus

The Thor star is the latest big screen name to tackle Shakespeare in the West End

He is best known as the machiavellian brother and archenemy of Thor, but obviously there is more to Tom Hiddleston than the supervillian Loki.

Because the British actor is currently lighting up the London stage with his performance as William Shakespeare's Coriolanus - and he's only on his second night!

The 32-year-old has wowed critics with his portrayal of the troubled Roman general, which started its run at the Donmar Warehouse theatre last night.

Director Sam Mendes, who used to be creative director of the theatre, was joined by Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, for Hiddleston's opening night.

Tom Hiddleston has received rave reviews for his performance as Coriolanus (WENN)

But it was the critics who really sat up and took notice, their reviews the nexy day buzzing about Hiddleston's "stellar" and "magnificent" performance.

Paul Taylor of The Independent called him "magnificent" and added that he gives a "central performance of blazing stellar power and intelligence".

The Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer wrote: "(The show is) often exciting and intense, with Hiddleston delivering a powerhouse performance in the title role... The mixture of charisma and emotional truth in Hiddleston's performance is very special indeed."

And London Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings added: "Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage with a compelling performance... He does an impressive job of suggesting the emotional inadequacy of this self-deluding, impulsive loner..."

Speaking outside the theatre on his opening night, Hiddleston said: "It's such a privilege to come back. I've been wanting to do it for a long time and specifically to do it at the Donmar with Shakespeare which is where it started for me. Shakespeare led me to super heroes."

He's the latest big star to take on Shakespeare in the West End, following in the footsteps of Jude Law, who is playing Henry V at the Noel Coward Theatre, and David Tennant currently starring in Richard II at the Barbican.

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