Theatre Review: Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus. Picture: Comp
Titus Andronicus. Picture: Comp
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THIS is a production which should go direct to London’s West End after its Fringe run, while the blood is still hot.

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The Space, Surgeon’s Hall

This Is England meets Shakespeare in Hiraeth’s production of Titus Andronicus, the Bard’s bloodiest play.

A tale of war, revenge, honour and rivalry, the piece has been transported into the underbelly of 1980s London, and set deep inside British extremist skinhead culture.

A very difficult play to pull off without ridicule, this production at The Space at Surgeon’s Hall succeeds in producing both horror and the right sort of laughter just where it’s needed.

In this brutal world, with its shaven heads and Doc Martins, Shakespeare’s raw vision of politics is exposed, stripped of its Savile Row and hand-made shoes.

This is quite simply a must-see of the 2013 Fringe.

Until 24 August