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 2013 Buxton Festival Fringe Underground Venues
August 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Bedlam Theatre
Cast
Vivienne Acheampong Aaron
Francesca Binefa Saturninus / Nurse
Madeline Gould Tamora
Ashlea Kaye Marcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Henri Merriam Titus
Emma Nixon Bassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius
Leila Sykes Lavinia
Stella Taylor Lucius / Chiron
Team
Director Yaz Al-Shaater Designer Jacob Hughes
Composer Sam Dunkley Lighting Design Celia Dugua
Dramaturgy Anna Beecher Comedy Tom Crawshaw
Fight Direction Ruth Cooper Brown Sound Design James Percival
Voice Gary Horner Assistant Director Rachel Illingworth
Associate Producer Kirsty Fox DSM Amy Gunn

Autumn 2013: York

Dates
October 2013 Takeover Festival York Theatre Royal
Cast
Madeline Gould Tamora
Kudzi Hudson Aaron
Carly Jukes Saturninus
Ashlea Kaye Marcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Henri Merriam Titus
Emma Nixon Bassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius / Nurse
Leila Sykes Lavinia
Stella Taylor Lucius / Chiron
Team
Director Yaz Al-Shaater Designer Jacob Hughes
Composer Sam Dunkley Lighting Design Celia Dugua
Dramaturgy Anna Beecher Comedy Tom Crawshaw
Sound Design James Percival Assistant Director Rachel Illingworth

Spring 2015: London Debut

Dates
April 2015 Greenwich Theatre
Team
DIRECTED BY Yaz Al-Shaater SET DESIGN Fabi Williams / Ellie Thomas
LIGHTING & TECHNICAL DESIGN Celia Dugua DRAMATURGY Anna Beecher
COMPOSER Sam Dunkley FIGHT DIRECTOR Enric Ortuño
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Rianna Dearden ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Hannah Hauer-King
STAGE & PRODUCTION MANAGER Matt Nelson COSTUME Natalie McCormack
MUSIC DIRECTOR Philippa Hogg ADDITIONAL FIGHT & MOVEMENT Yarit Dor / Rob Myles
GRAPHIC DESIGN Haz Al-Shaater
Cast
Ariane Barnes Titus
Olivia Bromley Tamora
Lia Burge Saturninus / Nurse
Helen Coles Lucius / Chiron
Elly Condron Lavinia
Ashlea Kaye Marcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Emma Nixon Bassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius
Anita-Joy Uwejah Aaron

Summer 2015: Fringe Tour

Dates
July 2015 previews  Greenwich Theatre
July 2015 Buxton Fringe  Underground Arts Centre
July 2015 Loughborough Loughborough Town Hall
April 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Pleasance KingDome
Team
DIRECTED BY Yaz Al-Shaater SET DESIGN Fabi Williams / Ellie Thomas
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Hannah Hauer-King FIGHT DIRECTOR Enric Ortuño
LIGHTING & TECHNICAL DESIGN Celia Dugua COMPOSER Sam Dunkley
DRAMATURGY Anna Beecher MUSIC DIRECTOR Philippa Hogg
STAGE & PRODUCTION MANAGER Matt Nelson ASM Fran Osimani
Cast
Emily Bairstow Tamora
Helen Coles Lucius / Chiron
Ashlea Kaye Marcus / Demetrius / Quintus
Henri Merriam Titus
Hannah Morley Bassianus / Goth Leader / Alarbus / Martius
Terri Reddin Saturninus / Nurse
Sharon Singh Lavinia
Anita-Joy Uwejah Aaron