Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's most bloody plays. We think it was written between 1588 and 1593. It's his first tragedy and is part of the violent tradition of tragedies being written by his contemporaries.
Titus is a fictional general in the Roman army in the later days of the empire. He is caught in a violently vicious circle of revenge and counter-revenge with Tamora, the queen of the Goths.
It was one of Shakespeare's most popular plays in his own time but because of the violence fell out of favour with Victorian audiences.
Read the story of Titus Andronicus in plain English
The history of the play
Read the story of how and when this play has been performed since Shakespeare's time
Photo history of our productions
Find out more about our history of producing Titus Andronicus at the RSC and in the Memorial Theatre before that.
Michael Fentiman's 2013 production
Find out more about our most recent production of Titus Andronicus