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Titus Andronicus [2014]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Lucy Bailey

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 revisited Lucy Bailey’s spectacular Globe production of 2006.


  • Designed by William Dudley
  • Composed by Django Bates


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The Independent
Holly Williams

Exceptional production is almost unwatchable

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Evening Standard
Fiona Mountford

It’s all eye-catchingly visceral but there’s little depth, although Shakespeare admittedly didn’t provide much to work with, crafting an unwieldy play with few redeeming flights of poetry.

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The Telegraph
Charles Spencer

Bailey’s outstanding production pulls no punches and often achieves a dramatic power that makes the stomach churn and the hands sweat.

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