International cast for contemporary Titus Andronicus at historic Rose Playhouse

Titus Andronicus.

London’s historic Rose Bankside plays its role in Contemporary Shakespeare, a project that brings together artists from different countries to present Shakespeare’s plays in London and New York, by staging The Bard’s most violent work this summer.

Shakespeare’s bloody and tragic, Titus Andronicus, about revenge and cruelty that’s set during the latter days of the Roman Empire, has shocked and fascinated audiences since its first performance in 1594.

This highly physical take on Shakespeare’s tale uses original, as well as new text, and is directed by New York City-based theatre artist Jung Han Kim, whose unique style will shape his interpretation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play.

Jung Han Kim will devise Shakespeare’s classic with an international cast from three different continents. “I am interested in exploring what Shakespeare truly wanted to tell the audience through this cruel story, and discover its deeper meaning”, said Kim.

“We will not only visualize but put breath and movement on the text to share what we felt when facing this play“.

The cast includes Charles Sandford, Laura Hopwood, Miranda Shrapnell, Sunny Yeo, Ryan Hurst, Jon Castro,
David Couter
and Fiona Battersby.

South Korean theatre artist Kim trained with renowned Living Theatre in New York and recently wrote and directed the play “Q“, which opened this month at Art One Theatre in Seoul to critical acclaim.

othello

“I am excited to bring Jung Han Kim’s work, and his very own take on Shakespeare, to London” said Time Zone Theatre’s artistic director, Pamela Schermann, “And vice versa, to present our production of Othello to an American audience in New York City.

“The aim of our Contemporary Shakespeare season is to explore what Shakespeare means nowadays, in different parts of the world, and to celebrate its ongoing relevance for artists worldwide”.

Schermann’s contemporary adaptation of Othello, set in the City of London, played at the Rose Playhouse last year. The show will play CHARLTON PARK, CANTERBURY, July 1; CROSSRAIL PLACE ROOF GARDEN, LONDON, July 21; and BROADWAY THEATRE, CATFORD, LONDON, July 23 before returning to the Rose for one night on July 24 before its run in New
York City at Theatrelab this August.

Titus Andronicus plays at The Rose Playhouse, Bankside, from July 5-30.

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