The Globe’s production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest revenge tragedy has proved too gory for some. After several audience members fainted during a recent performance of Titus Andronicus, the theatre has issued an official warning that the play is “not for the faint-hearted”. Lucy Bailey’s gruesome – but critically acclaimed – production, starring Douglas Hodge in the title role, features graphic depictions of torture, murder, rape, and cannibalism. The second offering in Dominic Dromgoole’s inaugural summer season as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe (See News, 1 Mar 2006), Titus Andronicus opened on 30 May 2006 (previews from 20 May) and continues in rep until 6 October 2006. A box office assistant warned: “It is quite graphic and violent – probably nothing worse than anyone would have seen on TV, but when it’s there in front of you it can be quite harrowing so I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under 14.” A Globe spokesperson told Whatsonstage.com: “We have tried to leave it up to people’s discretion and not put an age limit on it. It’s probably not suitable for children under 14. But that’s up to the parents, we won’t stop people coming in as long as they are aware how violent it is. At the height of summer, we often have people fainting during performances if they have been exposed to the afternoon sun, or have been standing as a 'groundling' for a long period of time. However, we have had a higher level of fainters this year than we normally would experience towards the earlier part of the season before the height of summer. Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's more gruesome and bloody plays, and audiences should be aware of its graphic nature prior to seeing the play.” She added: “Anyone that feels ill or has a minor faint is treated by a first aider.”
By providing information about entertainment and cultural events on this site, WhatsOnStage.com shall not be deemed to endorse,
recommend, approve and/or guarantee such events, or any facts, views, advice and/or information contained therein.