Food inspired by Shakespeare’s most gory play

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Our new production of Titus Andronicus has inspired our chef Nick Funnell to create a Titus Pie.

The idea for the pie came from the infamous scene in which Titus kills two children and bakes them into a pie for their mother to eat.

Nick's pie is slightly less gory – it has a puff pastry crust filled with steak and kidney, vegetables and herbs, and will be part of the Rooftop Restaurant menu during the run of the play.

He said: '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. 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!'

We have also created a cocktail – The Bloody Tamora – named after the play's Queen of the Goths. The gory-looking drink is based on pomegranate juice over crushed ice and vodka, using shaved liquorice as a garnish.

Photo: Katy Stephens, playing Tamora in Titus Andronicus, tucks into Titus Pie and prepares to sample The Bloody Tamora cocktail. Photo by Gina Print.

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