Titus Andronicus  is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, and possibly George Peele (1556-1596) , believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, and is often seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were extremely popular with audiences throughout the sixteenth century. The play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
The original text
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1970: The Breytenbach Afrikaans translation was produced for CAPAB by the German director Dieter Reible at the Hofmeyr Theatre, with Pieter Geldenhuys (Titus Andronicus), Jannie Gildenhuys (Saturninus), Pietro Nolte (Bassianus) and James Norval (Marcus Andronicus). Other members of the cast included Mees Xteen, Chris Swanepoel, Peter Grobbelaar, Pieter von Dissel, Ben Dekker, Dawid van der Walt, Johan Naudé, Chris Swanepoel, Johan Esterhuizen, Johan Malherbe, Will Bernard, Pieter Joubert, Willem de la Querra, Grethe Fox, Annelisa Weiland, Anna Cloete. Decor and costumes by Bert Kistner. It was a controversial but a successful production. Including a tour, it saw 19 performances.
1995: Produced at the Market Theatre in association with the Royal National Theatre  Studio from 29 March to 13 May, starring South African-born British actor Antony Sher in the lead, directed by Gregory Doran . The production then went on a tour of Britain and Spain. According to material held by NELM the other cast members were Gysbert de Villiers, Bruce Laing, Sello Maake ka Ncube, Charlton Lee George, Leslie Fong, Daphney Hlomuka, Oscar Peterson, Martin le Maitre, Duncan Lawson, Dan Robbertse, Dale Cutts, Dorothy-Ann Gould, Paulus Kuoape, Godfrey Mgcina, Timothy Parr and Ivan D. Lucas. Nadya Cohen as set designer, Sue Steele as costume designer, Mannie Manim as lighting designer, Dumisani Dlamini as musical director, and Wesley France as lighting designer.
2014: Staged in the Little Theatre, Cape Town, directed by American academic and stage director Jeffrey Sichel  and Geoffrey Hyland, with a cast of students from five universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, including Sihle Mnqwazana, Lothando Jamda, Cleo Raatus, Tankiso Mamabolo, Clarissa Roodt, Donna Cormack-Thomson, Zandile Madliwa, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Kiroshan Naidoo, Shalima Mkhongi, Zimasa Dyani, Courtney Smith, Sanchia Davids, Roberto Meyer, Jamie-Lee Money, Awethu Hleli, Oarabile Ditsele and Schalk Bezuidenhout.
Titus Andronicus programme, 1970.
NELM, [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2007. 32. 9. 207. 5.
Cape Times, 14 April 2014.
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