Production history in pictures

  • 1955

    1955
    Vivien Leigh as Lavinia in the 1955 production of Titus Andronicus, directed and designed by Peter Brook.

    This production, in the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, featured Laurence Olivier in the title role.

    Guardian article about Peter Brook's Titus Andronicus.

    Photo by Angus McBean.

  • 1955

    1955
    Anthony Quayle as Aaron in Peter Brook's production.

    Photo by Angus McBean.

  • 1972

    1972
    Trevor Nunn's 1972 production with Buzz Goodbody and Euan Smith, designed by Christopher Morley with Ann Curtis.

    The photo shows Act 5, Scene 1, in which Lucius (Ian Hogg, far left) prepares to hang Aaron (Calvin Lockhart).

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 1972

    1972
    Saturninus (John Wood) and Tamora (Margaret Tyzack) in Act 1, Scene 1 of Trevor Nunn's production.

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 1981

    1981
    Hugh Quarshie as Aaron and Sheila Hancock as Tamora in Act 2, Scene 3, in John Barton's production, designed by Christopher Morley.

    Performed in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Titus Andronicus was the second part of a double bill with Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    The Guardian said: 'The stage is filled throughout with costume racks, skips, make-up boxes, hobby horses and all the necessary impedimentia; and the actors, having played their scene, stay to watch. In short the artifice is wholly visible and during blank patches we can at least watch the actors reacting.'

     

    Photo by Joe Cocks.

  • 1987

    1987
    This production of Titus Andronicus was directed by Deborah Warner and designed by Isabella Bywater.

    The show opened in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, then played in the People's Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before embarking on a European tour to Madrid, Paris, Copenhagen and Aarhus, and finally playing at The Pit in London.

    The photo shows Sonia Ritter as Lavinia and Donald Sumpter as Marcus.

    Photo by Joe Cocks.

  • 2003

    2003
    Bill Alexander's 2003 production featured David Bradley as Titus.

    The photo shows Marcus Andronicus played by Ian Gelder, Titus Andronicus played by David Bradley and Lavinia played by Eve Myles.

    Bill Alexander explains how he brought Titus Andronicus to the stage in the Guardian.

  • 2003

    2003
    Maureen Beattie as Tamora and Joe Dixon as Aron in the 2003 production, directed by Bill Alexander and designed by Ruari Murchison.

  • 2006

    2006
    This Japanese production of Titus Andronicus was part of the Complete Works Festival.

    There was no stage blood used in this production, instead ribbons of red silk came out of mouths, throats and hands.

    Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

  • 2006

    2006
    Performed in Japanese, this production was by the Ninagawa Company, produced by Horipro Inc and Saitama Arts Foundation in association with Thelma Holt.

    Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

Contact us & FAQs

Ticket Hotline

0844 800 1110
Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

Email newsletter

Sign up to email updates for the latest RSC news:

RSC Members

Already an RSC Member or Supporter? Sign in here.

Teaching Shakespeare