Review Roundup: TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shakespeare's Globe

Tituus Andronicus continues at the Shakespeare's Globe until 15 April.

By: Feb. 03, 2023
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Shakespeare's Globe is presenting Titus Andronicus, directed by Jude Christian (Dark Night of the Soul, Nanjing, Shakespeare's Globe). Performed for the first time in the Sam Wanamaker the deadly revenge tragedy stars Katy Stephens as Titus (Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Shakespeare's Globe, 2022), Kibong Tanji as Aaron, and Lucy McCormick (Wuthering Heights, National Theatre) as Saturninus. Music is composed by Jasmin Kent Rodgman, with original songs written by award-winning 'modern day music hall stars' (Guardian) Bourgeois & Maurice.

The cast of Titus Andronicus comprises Daneka Etchells as Mutius / Lucius, Kirsten Foster as Tamora, Beau Holland as Bassianus / Quintus / Martius / A Fly / Nurse / Midwife / Clown / Aemilius, Mei Mei Macleod as Chiron, Lucy McCormick as Saturninus, Georgia-Mae Myers as Alarbus / Lavinia, Sophie Russell as Marcus, Mia Selway as Demetrius, Katy Stephens as Titus, and Kibong Tanji as Aaron.

Review Roundup: TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shakespeare's Globe Matt Wolf, London Theatre: 'Hell hath no fury like an angry Goth,' we’re told late in the blistering new production of Titus Andronicus, soon to be joined by The Winter’s Tale in repertory at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. If that line is itself invented, there’s no denying the show’s fidelity to the nihilistic power of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, which is presented here without a drop of red dye only to acquire an eerie power through its own determined stylisation.

Review Roundup: TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shakespeare's Globe Franco Milazzo, BroadwayWorld: Overall, though, this is a fresh and exciting take on what is often seen as Shakespeare's most juvenile work. The comedy leavens the horror without taking away its impact: the audience still reel in the bloody final scene which sees Tamora's sons served up for dinner and four characters fatally stabbed. Having an excellent all-female cast pays major dividends in bringing Titus into the 21st century, shining its issues of toxic masculinity and the cost of vengeance through the novel lens of black comedy and burning candles.

Review Roundup: TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shakespeare's Globe Claire Armitstead, The Guardian: For all the hilarious busyness, it’s a mark of the production’s intelligence that its two most shocking moments arise from the text itself. There’s an audible gasp as Tamora’s Moorish lover (owned by Kibong Tanji with a sexualised swagger) is dismissed to his face as “swart ... spotted, detested, and abominable”. A stunned silence greets the introduction of the mutilated Lavinia by her own uncle with the words “this was thy daughter”.

Review Roundup: TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shakespeare's Globe
Average Rating: 83.3%


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