Titus Andronicus

5 March 2013

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Fentiman

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 May – 26 October 2013

Press night: Thursday 23 May 2013, 7pm

Box office: 0844 800 1110 or www.rsc.org.uk

Part of the final season programmed by Michael Boyd as outgoing Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Michael Fentiman makes his RSC directing debut with William Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent play Titus Andronicus. This rarely performed revenge tragedy runs in repertoire in the Swan Theatre from 16 May – 26 October 2013.

As previously announced Stephen Boxer returns to the RSC in the title role of Titus with Katy Stephens playing Queen Tamora. Stephen was last at the RSC in 2012 as William Tyndale in Written on the Heart and Archbishop Aguiar in The Heresy of Love. Katy played Rosalind in Michael Boyd's As You Like It and was part of the Long Ensemble, performing several roles in The Histories.

Also returning to the RSC in Titus Andronicus are Ben Deery (Publius); Richard Durden (Marcus); Richard Goulding (Bassianus); Kevin Harvey (Aaron); John Hopkins (Saturninus); Sarah Ridgeway (Goth Queen/Concubine) and David Rubin (Caius). Making their RSC debuts are Joe Bannister (Quintus); Ellie Beaven (Handmaid/Concubine); Gwilym Lloyd (Aemilius); Harry McEntire (Mutius); Perry Millward (Demetrius); Matthew Needham (Lucius); Ciarán Owens (Martius); Nicholas Prasad (Sempronius); Rose Reynolds (Lavinia); Badria Timimi (Nurse); Dwane Walcott (Clown/Alarbus) and Jonny Weldon (Chiron).

Michael Fentiman said: 'I am delighted to return to the RSC, my stomping ground for three wonderful years as an Assistant Director with the long ensemble, with this impatient, full blooded and ultimately heart breaking play.

'Titus Andronicus is cult Shakespeare, lesser known yet unforgettable for those who have seen it performed; an unsettling, blackly comic, revenge tragedy that has been met with shock, contempt and excitement in equal measure throughout its history. The play thumps loudly with the confident and passionate heartbeat of a young Shakespeare, full of vibrant chaotic gestures and yet deep wells of thought and feeling.

'I am proud to bring together a cast and creative team of the very best young bloods and experienced RSC regulars. It's a great pleasure to be working with Stephen Boxer, an actor I have hugely admired for some time and there is a wonderful sense of coming full circle by bringing Katy Stephens into the company after working together as part of Michael Boyd's last long ensemble.

'I start rehearsals with huge excitement for the team of actors and creatives we have managed to assemble and for the opportunity to create a roller coaster experience in such an intimate and beautiful theatre as The Swan.'

The play is designed by Colin Richmond with lighting by Chris Davey, Sound and Music by Tom Mills, Movement by Ann Yee, Fights by Kate Waters and illusions by Richard Pinner.

For further information, please contact Amy Belson on 01789 412622 or amy.belson@rsc.org.uk or Philippa Harland on 020 7845 0512 or philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk

For press ticket requests and regional requests, please contact Dean Asker on 01789 412660 or dean.asker@rsc.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

  • Production images will be available to download free of charge in due course by registering on www.epo-online.com
  • Twitter hashtag: #RSCTitus
  • The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION
  • The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

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