Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare: an all-female production | from Smooth Faced Gentlemen (photo: Ashlea Kaye and Leila Sykes, by Brother Brother)In 2013, we created our biggest show to date: a stripped-down, ramped-up, vibrant and visceral reinterpretation of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s under-performed tragedy of blind revenge and severed bloodlines.

In the dying days of the Empire, Rome’s greatest statesmen and Tamora, Queen of the Goths, become embroiled in a destructive spiral of revenge that threatens to undo them all. Can the memory of civic duty and compassion shine bright enough to save a people who have lost their way?

This was a breathtaking, heart-stopping, eye-popping production of this most brutal, farcical and misunderstood work.

The show premiered at the Buxton Festival Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe in Summer 2013, appearing at Underground Venues and The Bedlam Theatre respectively, and went on to sell out the main stage at York Theatre Royal.

In 2015, the show has returned. It launched with a week at Greenwich Theatre in April, as part of our new partnship with the the venue. Now, it’s going back on tour! Catch the show at The Buxton Fringe (Underground Venues) and Edinburgh Fringe (Pleasance Kingdome), plus a few visits elsewhere in the country.

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Titus Andronicus: an all-female production (Smooth Faced Gentlemen)

About Titus Andronicus


Titus is Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most underrated play. Written in the early 1590s (no-one knows exactly when), it was his first tragedy, and his only attempt at the brutal revenge plays that were so popular with his contemporaries.

Production History

Summer 2013

Autumn 2013

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Cast and Crew

Summer 2013: The Original Production

Dates
July 2013Buxton Festival FringeUnderground Venues
August 2013Edinburgh FringeBedlam Theatre
Cast
Vivienne AcheampongAaron
Francesca BinefaSaturninus / Nurse
Madeline GouldTamora
Ashlea KayeMarcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Henri MerriamTitus
Emma NixonBassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius
Leila SykesLavinia
Stella TaylorLucius / Chiron
Team
DirectorYaz Al-ShaaterDesignerJacob Hughes
ComposerSam DunkleyLighting DesignCelia Dugua
DramaturgyAnna BeecherComedyTom Crawshaw
Fight DirectionRuth Cooper BrownSound DesignJames Percival
VoiceGary HornerAssistant DirectorRachel Illingworth
Associate ProducerKirsty FoxDSMAmy Gunn

Autumn 2013: York

Dates
October 2013Takeover FestivalYork Theatre Royal
Cast
Madeline GouldTamora
Kudzi HudsonAaron
Carly JukesSaturninus
Ashlea KayeMarcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Henri MerriamTitus
Emma NixonBassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius / Nurse
Leila SykesLavinia
Stella TaylorLucius / Chiron
Team
DirectorYaz Al-ShaaterDesignerJacob Hughes
ComposerSam DunkleyLighting DesignCelia Dugua
DramaturgyAnna BeecherComedyTom Crawshaw
Sound DesignJames PercivalAssistant DirectorRachel Illingworth

Spring 2015: London Debut

Dates
April 2015Greenwich Theatre
Team
DIRECTED BYYaz Al-ShaaterSET DESIGNFabi Williams / Ellie Thomas
LIGHTING & TECHNICAL DESIGNCelia DuguaDRAMATURGYAnna Beecher
COMPOSERSam DunkleyFIGHT DIRECTOREnric Ortuño
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERRianna DeardenASSISTANT DIRECTORHannah Hauer-King
STAGE & PRODUCTION MANAGERMatt NelsonCOSTUMENatalie McCormack
MUSIC DIRECTORPhilippa HoggADDITIONAL FIGHT & MOVEMENTYarit Dor / Rob Myles
GRAPHIC DESIGNHaz Al-Shaater
Cast
Ariane BarnesTitus
Olivia BromleyTamora
Lia BurgeSaturninus / Nurse
Helen ColesLucius / Chiron
Elly CondronLavinia
Ashlea KayeMarcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Emma NixonBassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius
Anita-Joy UwejahAaron

Summer 2015: Fringe Tour

Dates
July 2015previews Greenwich Theatre
July 2015Buxton Fringe Underground Arts Centre
July 2015LoughboroughLoughborough Town Hall
April 2015Edinburgh FringePleasance KingDome
Team
DIRECTED BYYaz Al-ShaaterSET DESIGNFabi Williams / Ellie Thomas
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORHannah Hauer-KingFIGHT DIRECTOREnric Ortuño
LIGHTING & TECHNICAL DESIGNCelia DuguaCOMPOSERSam Dunkley
DRAMATURGYAnna BeecherMUSIC DIRECTORPhilippa Hogg
STAGE & PRODUCTION MANAGERMatt NelsonASMFran Osimani
Cast
Emily BairstowTamora
Helen ColesLucius / Chiron
Ashlea KayeMarcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Henri MerriamTitus
Hannah MorleyBassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius
Terri ReddinSaturninus / Nurse
Sharon SinghLavinia
Anita-Joy UwejahAaron