Review: Titus Adronicus

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Last weekend we revisited the RSC Theatre in Stratford- upon- Avon, the place we had had our first date earlier in the year. After watching Antony and Cleopatra back in March, which was absolutely brilliant, we this time went to watch Titus Adronicus.

Titus has returned from a brutal 10-year war having lost 21 sons in battle. Betrayed by his nation, and with his family in pieces, a series of bloody events follows as he and Tamora, Queen of the Goths begin a violent cycle of revenge. Rape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder are the gruesome tools in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play.

The show is a modern day take on the story of Titus Adronicus, initially I was a bit worried that they wouldn't pull it off but I was so impressed. With modern technology and clothing for the characters yet using a story written hundreds of years ago, it was a very clever direction to take. As usual, the actors were fantastic, they each really made the roles their own and gave life to the characters. David Troughton in the title role, was amazing. The one person you feel truly sorry for throughout the play is Lavinia, Titus's daughter, whereas you feel a mix of emotions towards the other characters as they are all quite complex. It was action packed and enjoyable from start to finish. The whole audience found themselves jumping, wincing and laughing at different parts of the play. I have to say I hid myself at the sight of Titus chopping off his own hand!

The show runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes plus a 20 minute interval and is running at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon until 2nd September before it transfers to the Barbican for a limited London season from 7 December 2017- 19 January 2018.

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