Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy and one of his most bloodthirsty plays. It was banned in Victorian Britain for being too violent, featuring rape, mutilation, cannibalism and many deaths. Even today, it is probably performed less frequently than most of his major plays, so this production is very welcome.

The play is largely about revenge, taken bloodily and mercilessly. Following the death of the Emperor in Rome, his elder son Saturninus is eventually chosen to be his successor. He marries the Goth queen Tamora, widow of King Priam, who has cursed Titus because his sons sacrificed her eldest son. She conspires with her surviving sons and her lover, a Moor named Aaron, to have the Emperor’s brother murdered and to get Titus’ sons executed for it and for Titus’ daughter to be raped and mutilated. The scene is then set for Titus to take his revenge upon her, her family and the Emperor.

This is a thoroughly gripping production, with excellent performances from the whole cast. The action is very free-flowing and is not at all stage bound – actors emerge from the back of the theatre and move up and down the aisles. The bloody scenes are quite graphic and possibly not suitable for someone of a nervous disposition.

This is physical theatre at its best and is very much worth seeing.

Reviews by Alan Chorley

History Boys

★★★★

Dracula

★★

Cherry Orchard

★★★★

Azincourt

★★★★

Secret Garden

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

The Blurb

Returning to Rome after years of fighting, Titus' blinkered adherence to tradition and duty lead to a vicious and tragic sequence of murder, mutilation, rape and revenge. 'Titus Andronicus' is an exploration of the darker recesses of humanity.

Most Popular See More

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Grease the Musical

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Frozen the Musical

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets