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Titus Andronicus - Arcola Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a critically acclaimed, sell out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Hiraeth Artistic Productions’ Titus Andronicus transfers to the Arcola Theatre (Studio 1), where it runs from October 9 to October 26, 2013.

Shakespeare’s terrifying tale of war, revenge, honour and rivalry is transported into the underbelly of 1980s London. Set deep inside English extremist skinhead culture, Roman Warriors are replaced with National Front Political Soldiers, their armour exchanged for military style shaved heads, combat boots, drugs and knives.

In the midst of a vicious turf war on the streets of North London, Titus’ son is murdered by Alarbus, the son of a powerful Irish immigrant matriarch. The murder sparks into action an uncontrollable and catastrophic cycle of violent and bloody revenge.

As the aggression rapidly escalates, Titus is pushed to the brink of sanity, culminating in a ferocious and unforgiving climax.

In a society where survival balances on a knife edge, just how strong are the restraints holding us back from committing the most heinous of monstrosities in the name of self-preservation?

Titus Andronicus is described as an exciting and engaging explosion of corrupt humanity at its most extreme – not for the faint of heart.

Zoé Ford directs.

Tickets: £18, £14 concessions; Saturday matinee (2.30pm) £16, £12 concessions; Pay What You Can Tuesday. To book, call the box office on 020 7503 1646 or visit

Time: 7.30pm.