Lucy Bailey's bloody production of one of the Bard's lesser performed plays packs a punch
Opened 24 Apr 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A study of the destruction caused by the misuse of power and the machinations behind the lust for power. A revenge tragedy with a truly chilling climax.
Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him the queen Tamora and her three sons as prisoners of war. Titus' sacrifice of Tamora's eldest son to appease the ghosts of his dead sons, and his decision to refuse to accept the title of emperor, initiates a terrible cycle of mutilation, rape and murder. And all the while, at the centre of the nightmare, there moves the villainous, self-delighting Aaron. Grotesquely violent and daringly experimental, Titus was the smash hit of Shakespeare's early career, and is written with a ghoulish energy he was never to repeat elsewhere. This production revisits Lucy Bailey's spectacular Globe production of 2006.
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