Canadian Stage’s production of Titus Andronicus, playing as part of Shakespeare in High Park, is a remarkable piece of theatre that does great justice to the original work itself.
For those of you unfamiliar with this Shakespearean classic, it is the story of Titus Andronicus (Sean Dixon), a Roman general who is so devoted to the empire that he is blinded by his piety. After Titus declares Saturninus (James Graham) the new emperor of Rome, Saturninus falls in love with Titus’ prisoner Tamora, Queen of the Goths (Shauna Black), who swears revenge on the Andronicus family. A story filled with lots of blood, violence and revenge, Titus Andronicus dazzles the crowd from start to finish.
The show captivates the audience from Scene One and holds their attention until the very end; from the incredible set designed by Julia Tribe, to the wonderful costumes designed by Angela Thomas, Titus Andronicus is a visual spectacle not to be missed. Director Keira Loughran makes some interesting and effective choices, which allows the brutal violence of the play to be enacted elegantly; she has the ability to bring beauty to a play that is often viewed as an ugly monster.
The acting is phenomenal on all levels and each character is played with the utmost amount of honesty and integrity, bringing them all to life on stage. Special mention and recognition goes to Sean Dixon, James Graham, and Emilio Vieira, who played the role of Titus’ eldest son Lucius, for their incredible work.
Titus Andronicus is regarded as Shakespeare’s first tragedy and yet, Canadian Stage manages to take such an aged story and give it a fresh, new life. Every component of the show works in such harmony to create a truly marvelous display of all things theatrical. Titus Andronicus manages to dazzle, terrify and bring beauty to violence all in 90 minutes; safe to say that Canadian Stage’s performance of Titus Andronicus bleeds nothing but awesome.
Titus Andronicus plays at the High Park Amphitheatre on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8pm, until August 31st. For more information, visit https://www.canadianstage.com/online/1314shakespeare.