Shakespeare’s most gruesome effort as a dramatist begins with an argument over succession to the throne of Emperor in Rome, progresses through a series of awful rapes and murders, and ends with nearly everyone who speaks in the first scene of the play left either dead or mutilated -- or both. Titus Andronicus was and remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular works, despite the maudlin character of much of its violence – a characteristic that has garnered the play little critical acclaim. The play is able to ruminate on the ultimate links between war, sex, and death with a clarity and poignancy that only Shakespeare could have managed. Bloody, action-packed and also profound, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus makes Game of Thrones look as tame as an episode of the Teletubbies.
Includes mature adult, elderly, adult, child, young adult characters