Audience members faint at Shakespeare play

Yesterday, I gave a lecture on Seneca’s influence in the Renaissance to the University’s classics society and the main play I used as an example was Titus Andronicus. By coincidence the following link was sent on by Dr Jansen since Titus is on the Shakespeare at Stratford course he is giving this year and students will be going to the Globe to see it (or not, if they faint). The other plays his students will see are Henry IV (parts 1 and 2), Arden of Faversham and Middleton’s The Roaring Girl.

Audience members faint during bloodthirsty showing of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus

  • Tragedy has the reputation of being the Bard’s bloodiest play
  • Audience treated to scenes of rape, mutilation, murder and cannibalism
  • The Globe’s current production, a revival of Lucy Bailey’s 2006 play, comes with the warning it will be ‘grotesquely violent and daringly experimental’
  • Five members of Tuesday night’s audience fainted at gruesome scenes