Problems then and now
in Titus Andronicus
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Every staging of Titus Andronicus elicits comments about the daunting nature of the script. For many playgoers at the Swan Theatre and the Pit Deborah Warner's production worked with no cutting of the script and very little stylised action. Both Patrick Stewart and Brian Cox see a huge generation gap between Titus and Saturninus-Bassianus. Stewart's formulation aptly sums up some major problems facing the actor who takes on Titus today. Other problems also emerge in staging Titus or Titus, some of them generated by the gap between us and the 1590s. The major problem in playing Titus, according to Stewart, is that of endurance. Around 1610, however, the fashion changed, so that performances in the public theatres gradually began to follow the practice of the private theatres in having brief pauses, with musical interludes, between the acts.


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