This specific production does not yet have a description, but the play itself does:
This is ‘the study of a man who fights, for a Rome he does not understand, against a barbaric tribe he does not think worth understanding. When he allows this Rome to form an alliance with these barbarians, they take revenge on him too terrible to contemplate and yet curiously just. Titus is the victim of his own strict code and his own grandeur. In this respect, he is a universal figure and the play is a tract for our times.
No history book contains the general, the emperor, the blackamoor and the barbaric empress who dominate the play.’ (Written by R.E)
‘This play was a smash hit in its day, one of Shakespeare’s earliest successes, dating back to 1593.’
(Both the above extracts are from a 1963 original Birmingham Repertory Theatre Programme of this play.)
Cast & Crew
|Goth Soldier 1||Mike Dowling|
|Goth Soldier 2||Steven Elliott|
|Marcus Andronicus||Donald Sumpter|
|Titus Andronicus||Brian Cox|
|Young Lucius||Jeremy Gilley|
|Light Designer||Wayne Dowdeswell|
|Music by||Guy Woolfenden|
Seen, or going to see
This production was the first time I’d come across Titus Andronicus – a curious mix of gory revenge tragedy and exquisite poetry! The bare wooden floor boards of the Swan Theatre’s stage were pretty stained from the nightly blood-spillage! I generally hate violence in film or on stage, but Deborah Warner’s production made a deep impact on me, and I frequently enjoy revisiting the play by popping on my dvd of Julie Taymor’s film version with Antony Hopkins (Hmmm … how come female directors are attracted to this piece?!)
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