Titus Andronicus at Barbican Theatre tickets
Titus Andronicus at Barbican Theatre tickets

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About the show

The award-winning Blanche McIntyre directs the Bard’s bloodiest play, brimming with bitter power struggles, corruption and betrayal this primal production brings RSC’s epic Rome season to a spectacular conclusion. Titus Andronicus’s vicious examination of sexuality, class and family arrives at the Barbican for a limited run from December 2017.

The play follows our titular protagonist on his weary return from a cruel decade-long war, leaving a score of deceased sons littering the abandoned battlefields behind him. Betrayed by his nation, his family torn asunder, Titus finds himself spiralling into a violent cycle of bloody revenge. With the help of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, a frenzy of rape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder ensues, drenching the Roman streets in blood.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC following her critically-acclaimed production of The Two Noble Kinsmen. She directs David Troughton, RSC Associate Artist, whose theatre credits include title roles in Macbeth, Henry IV and Richard III.

Joining director Blanche McIntyre on the creative team is celebrated designer Robert Innes Hopkins, composer Tim Sutton, with sound by Emma Laxton. RSC associate lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth brings his singular style to the production, with movement and fight choreographed by Georgina Lamb and Philip d’Orléans.

Titus Andronicus’s marks the final play in the RSC’s scintillating Rome MMXVII season which transfers to the Barbican stage winter 2017. Alongside the play audiences will be treated to season director Angus Jackson’s incredible adaptations of Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, with the renowned Iqbal Khan helming his own imaginative version of Anthony and Cleopatra.

This searing production arrives on the Barbican stage for a limited run from the 7th December 2017 to the 19th January 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of Shakespeare’s tragedies will adore this dark and twisting story of betrayal, violence and war that sets itself apart as the Bard’s most brutal plays.

Age Recommendations: 15+

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Dec 2017
Press night: 14 Dec 2017
Booking from: 19 Jan 2018
Booking until: 19 Jan 2018

Location and map

Barbican Theatre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS

9 Reviews Add review

A powerful and cleverly staged RSC production with great performances too.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 204 reviews, 5 helpful votes

As you would expect from the RSC, the standard of acting was very good. David Troughton was perfectly cast as Titus Andronicus and... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Great adaptation of the play. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

oliviabeanland 5"7, 30 reviews, 1 helpful vote

As a less loved play from Shakespeare it's a unique experience. The play is odd course bloody and there are some disturbing scenes.... More

ivettcsordas 152 cm, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant show, modernisation in the costume department and believe it or not a few laugh seconds too.

kwarnock7 5'4, 189 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Play was brilliant, dark and funny. Fab If you love Shakespeare (or Game of Thrones!) Acting was great.

nariece 5"2, 4 reviews, 1 helpful vote


davebradford 5'11, 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A good production of a less known Shakespeare play. It's quite gory and not for the faint hearted.

ivettcsordas 152 cm, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

sondheimkid 170, 191 reviews, 25 helpful votes