Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Titus Andronicus

Today it's Titus Andronicus.

We had a lot of technical issues with recording this one, so there may be some audio problems; to be honest, you're lucky we got this out at all. I guess we should have said we were making all these mistakes on purpose, so as to be true to the play.

Here is the so-called "Peacham drawing", we see what is probably, from the left, two soldiers, Saturninus, Tamora, two of Titus' sons, and Aaron.

If you do some examination, you'll find that this can't be a single scene from Shakespeare, and must, therefore, be a combination of characters from different characters and scenes.

Like we mentioned in the podcast, now you can go to Amazon through this site. If you buy the stuff we link to, we will get a percentage of the sale. It'd be a help to us, but don't feel like you have to.
Titus, Starring Anthony Hopkins
Romeo x Juliet: Romeo Collection, Part 1. Here's a review on The Escapist
Titus Andronicus (Oxford World's Classics)


  1. I just got back from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, in Stratford Canada, where I got to see a staged performance Titus Andronicus! I wanted to send you a message to put on your podcast that if anyone has the opportunity to see this production RUN don't walk to get tickets. It was absolutely fantastic! The production kept us on the edge of our seats the entire time and the actors were brilliant.

    If you would like a more detailed explanation/description please let me know, I would be thrilled to share.

    Dave in Toledo

  2. I just listened to this episode, and since I had seen the Stratford production as well, it made me think about how you can put on this play. The director emphasized the violence and the humor of the play, and that seems like the best way to stage it. It's a black comedy of sorts, and so emphasizing the absurd parts makes it work all the better. (In the Stratford production, the servants in the banquet scene serve tarts to Tamora and Saturninus and then offered some to people in the front row of seats.)