Scenes of rape, mutilation and murder have earned it a reputation as the Bard’s bloodiest play.
And at Tuesday night’s performance of Titus Andronicus, one gruesome moment brought audience members to their knees.
As Lavinia – whose tongue and hands are cut off after she is raped – appeared on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe, five people fainted, while others complained of feeling sick and fearing sleepless nights.
I think this is brilliant. Not that people are fainting, but that they are trying to stay true to the source material. We have a bad habit as a society of glossing over the brutal and ugly parts of past works of art to make them more “family friendly” but if the play was written to be messed up, the play should be messed up!