David Troughton is to play the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Titus Andronicus which is part of its powerful RSC Rome Season this spring and summer, it was announced today.
The cross cast production joins Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra and Coriolanus in repertoire at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Blanche McIntyre, who returns to the RSC after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen in 2016, directs Titus Andronicus as the third production in the RSC’s Rome season.
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.
Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder.
Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.
Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.
RSC associate artist, David Troughton, recently appeared as Gloucester in Gregory Doran’s production of King Lear, and has previously played several leading roles at the RSC including Richard III, Bolingbroke, as well as enjoying a lengthy career in film, TV and radio (including his current role as Tony Archer in the iconic radio 4 series The Archers.)
The company also includes: Stefan Adegbola, Joseph Adelakun, Kristin Atherton, Will Bliss, David Burnett, Paul Dodds, Patrick Drury, Nia Gwynne, Sean Hart, Martin Hutson, Amber James, Tom Lorcan, Luke MacGregor, Tom McCall, Hannah Morrish, Anthony Ofoegbu, Dharmesh Patel, Jon Tarcy and Marcello Walton.
A series of debates are planned at the RSC which will explore the power dynamics of Shakespeare’s Rome through the lens of politics today. The panels will include directors and actors from the season. The debates take place on 29 April, 20 July, 4 August at The Other Place.
Antony & Cleopatra runs, in repertoire, until September 7 and Julius Caesar until September 9; Titus Andronicus plays, in rep, from June 23 – September 2 and Coriolanus from September 15 – October 14.
The productions will also be screened, as part of the Live From Stratford-upon-Avon initiative, to cinemas around the world.
Julius Caesar will be screened on April 26; Antony and Cleopatra on May 24; Titus Andronicus on August 9; and Coriolanus on October 11. Encore dates will be scheduled for all productions.