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BUY TICKETS 7.30pm Saturday 12 August
PLAY broadcast AS LIVE from the Royal Shakespeare Company (recorded live on 9 August 2017)
Blanche McIntyre directs David Troughton in this chillingly contemporary production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy as part of the RSC’s Roman season.
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).
It’s a rare and delicious treat to find oneself gripped and thrilled and flinching afresh at the impact of the violence in a production ofShakespeare. This early revenge tragedy is not even – not nearly – one of Shakespeare’s finest either, but director Blanche McIntyre offers a sharp, confident and imaginative modern-dress reading that is easily the best bard the RSC has offered in the last two years … in terms of both ambition and execution this is, if you’ll pardon the expression, bloody good. Fiona Mountford, The Standard
Tickets: Full £19 Adult £17 18 & under £10
Running time: 3 hrs
Doors open: 7pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.