Titus pie

14 May 2013

The new production of Shakespeare's rarely performed violent revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus has inspired the RSC's chef Nick Funnell to create a pie which forms part of the shocking denouement of the play.

The RSC's bar manager in the Company's Rooftop Restaurant, Alice Cook, has also created a cocktail – The Bloody Tamora – named after the Queen of the Goths in the play who becomes locked in an increasingly violent power struggle with Titus, destroying both them and their families.

Nick Funnell's Titus Pie has a puff pastry crust filled with steak and kidney, vegetables and herbs, and will be part of the Rooftop's Specials during the run of the play.

He said of his creation; 'Working in our restaurant that serves the audience of one of the most famous theatre companies in the world means you have the unique insight of what goes on in Shakespeare's plays and the RSC's productions - and sometimes that inspires us to create dishes that relate to them. Titus is a little known play but it is somewhat notorious for the 'cooking' that goes on in the final act! This pie is a light hearted nod to that, and we hope that customers coming to eat are amused by the link (and those that don't know the play will just enjoy the chance to eat a delicious pie).'

Bar Manager Alice Cook created the Bloody Tamora along similar lines. She said 'I did not know the plot of Titus until it was suggested I create a cocktail around the play so I read it and was quite shocked by the amount of blood and gore involved! It did inspire me though, so I have created a drink based on pomegranate juice over crushed ice and vodka, using shaved liquorice as a garnish – all dark colours which go with the dark themes of the play – I hope people like it, even if they don't know that what they are drinking relates to some pretty bloodthirsty scenes in this play!'

Katy Stephens, who plays Queen Tamora in Michael Fentiman's production and has to eat the pie on stage every night the play is performed, said of the catering inspired by it; 'I think it is fantastic that this incredible piece of Shakespeare has helped create these delicious things. I shall very much look forward to sampling them in the Rooftop whilst I am in Stratford but I don't think the RSC kitchens should use the same recipe as in the play. You will have to come and see the show to find out exactly why - and then recover by nipping upstairs to the Rooftop for a reviving Bloody Tamora cocktail!'

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. Directed by Michael Fentiman with Stephen Boxer as Titus and Katy Stephens as Tamora, runs in repertoire in the Swan Theatre from 16 May – 26 October 2013. Tickets: 0844 800 1110 http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/titus-andronicus/synopsis.aspx

Bookings for the Rooftop Restaurant: www.rsc.org.uk/rooftop  or 01789 403449

For further information or an image of the cocktail or pie, please contact Philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk  or dean.asker@rsc.org.uk

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