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The Problem
in Titus Andronicus
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This chapter explores why has Titus Andronicus posed severe problems for generations of readers, critics, editors, actors, directors, and playgoers? It then examines what can be learned from the cuts, alterations, and reshaping that form a significant part of that record? The chapter also explores which moments in the script do modern theatrical professionals deem unplayable or flawed or ridiculous? It also examines what are the perceived strengths and limitations of the daunting script? The chapter investigates can a modern 'performance' approach geared to the 1950s or 1990s fit with a 'historical' approach geared to the 1590s? It then demonstrates what actors and directors have discovered but also to ask: what price Titus? Titus had a landmark production in 1955, directed by Peter Brook and starring Laurence Olivier and has subsequently been produced with some regularity.

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