'O, why should wrath be mute, and fury dumb?'
Director Lucy Bailey's iconic 2014 production of Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy sees the Globe transformed for this immersive staging, with a cast including Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, HBO; Luther, BBC).
The smash hit of his early career, Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's most experimental works, a revenge tale of the utmost brutality that centres around the honoured Roman general who fatally refuses to show mercy to the eldest son of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, whom he has defeated in war. Lucy Bailey's staging sees the Globe transformed into a temple of death, one in which swathes of black fabric coalesce with horrific violence and stand-out performances to create shatteringly powerful drama.
Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him their queen, Tamora, and her three sons as prisoners of war. Titus' sacrifice of Tamora's eldest son, and his decision to refuse to accept the title of emperor, initiates a terrible cycle of bloodshed and revenge. As families, bodies, lives, and Rome itself are torn apart, everyone has a motive – but will anyone survive?
Running time: 168 mins
This production contains graphic depictions of murder, infanticide and extreme violence including bodily mutilations, cannibalism, rape and self-harm. There are also themes and incidents of anti-black racism, ableism and sexual assault and its aftermath. This production also includes the use of stage blood.
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