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Titus Andronicus

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1987 production of Titus Andronicus directed by Deborah Warner with Brian Cox as Titus. A landmark production, shocking in its unflinching realism, Brian Cox giving a definitive portrayal of Titus degenerating into madness while holding on to cunning. Sonia Ritter as Lavinia and Richard McCabe as Chiron delivered equally memorable and chilling performances.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
27 Aug 1987
Duration
210 mins

Credits

Director
Deborah Warner
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Production Design
Isabella Bywater
Cast
Brian CoxTitus Andronicus
Peter PolycarpouAaron
Estelle KohlerTamora
Donald SumpterMarcus Andronicus
Sonia RitterLavinia
Dennis ClintonEmillius
Derek HutchinsonLucius
Ian BaileyQuintus
Ian BaileyValentine
Jane WhittenshawNurse
Jeremy GilleyYoung Lucius
Jim HooperSempronius
Linus RoacheCaius
Linus RoacheMartius
Mike DowlingClown
Mike DowlingBassianus
Mike DowlingGothic soldier 1
Peter IbbotsonDemetrius
Richard McCabeChiron
Sean PertweeMutius
Sean PertweePublius
Steven ElliottGothic soldier 2
Steven ElliottSempronius
Steven ElliottAlarbus
Steven ElliottMessenger

Additional Details

Theatre
Swan Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Titus Andronicus
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A video recording was also made of the production at The Pit 13 July 1988 (210 mins).
History
Press night 12 May 1987. The production transferred to The Pit.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Cox, Brian ‘Titus Andronicus’ in Jackson, Russell & Smallwood, Robert (eds). Players of Shakespeare 3: Further Essays in Shakespearian Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company. (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993). Cox speaks of his playing the role of Titus in Deborah Warner’s production.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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