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(Telegraph)   Globe Theater audience members faint during violent Shakespeare play. This is not a repeat from 1590   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 18
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2014-05-02 01:03:53 PM  

PLAYING FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKES:

YE TRAGEDIE OF HAMLETTE, PRINCE MOPEY OF DANEMARKE BY WILL SHAKESPEARE

WARNING: THEATRE-GOERS IN THE PIT WILL GET SPLASHED WITH PIG'S BLOOD.

 
2014-05-02 01:12:30 PM  
I knew it had to be Titus Andronicus.  It is one of my favorites but even when not done graphically you don't want to see it on a full stomach and you may be put off pie for a while afterwards.
 
2014-05-02 01:46:16 PM  
If you haven't seen Taymor's Titus--well, I don't know what to say. It's truly insane.
 
2014-05-02 01:54:17 PM  

ginandbacon: If you haven't seen Taymor's Titus--well, I don't know what to say. It's truly insane.



Titus is so unlike everything else Shakespeare ever wrote,  it's kinda like if Nora Ephron decided to write on e of the Saw movies or something.   My Scholarship in this area is weak but is everyone convinced that this is REALLY a Shakespeare play and not something that a lesser hand somehow snuck into the First Folio?  And yes Traymore's version with Anthony Hopkins is.....disturbing and isane all at once, it makesme wonder what Baz Lurhmann or David Lynch could do with it
 
2014-05-02 02:12:57 PM  
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2014-05-02 02:44:19 PM  
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2014-05-02 02:49:38 PM  
Much Ado About Gutting
 
2014-05-02 02:57:53 PM  
Titus Andronicus.

The bad guy's monologue was lifted for a video game recently, wasn't it?
 
2014-05-02 03:02:03 PM  

Magorn: Titus is so unlike everything else Shakespeare ever wrote,  it's kinda like if Nora Ephron decided to write on e of the Saw movies or something.   My Scholarship in this area is weak but is everyone convinced that this is REALLY a Shakespeare play and not something that a lesser hand somehow snuck into the First Folio?


I've read some scholars postulating that it was either Bill S. just cutting his teeth on writing and not quite getting the tone right (ala Tarrantino needing to iron out the lumps in "Reservoir Dogs" before being able to make "Pulp Fiction"), or, just the opposite: it was Shakespeare masterfully making it so over-the-top that it became a dark comedy -- the same tone that "South Park" (re-)used for "Scott Tenorman Must Die."
 
2014-05-02 03:12:25 PM  
Could be the Russians pumping in gas.
 
2014-05-02 03:28:27 PM  
I'd be sitting there laughing like Robert De Niro in "Cape Fear" while pansy Brits fainted and puked all around me.
 
2014-05-02 03:31:47 PM  

uncleacid: Could be the Russians pumping in gas.


There's no time for investigation so we have to assume they did. Now all nations of the world must unite to stop this from happening again.
 
2014-05-02 04:12:18 PM  

TwoHead: I knew it had to be Titus Andronicus.



Same here.
 
2014-05-02 04:35:48 PM  
That's a great advert. I've just booked a ticket.

Walker: I'd be sitting there laughing like Robert De Niro in "Cape Fear" while pansy Brits fainted and puked all around me.


Let's go.
 
2014-05-02 05:21:41 PM  
I saw Titus Andronicus performed at the Globe in 2005. Exactly the same issues then - fainting in the gallery due to a combination of heat, people standing for prolonged times, and gore-o-Rama.
 
2014-05-02 08:48:17 PM  
(Clicks link, sees picture.)...

I'd hit it!  Aaron did, and he wishes Demetrius had too!

Titus Andronicus: Act II, Scene 1, Rome. Before the Palace.

DEMETRIUS: Aaron, thou hast hit it.
AARON Would you had hit it too! Then should not we be tired with this ado.

/All those years of studying Shakespeare in advanced English courses FINALLY pay off, with what is the only half-decent "I'd hit it" quote in any of the Bard's works.
//Well, "pay off" is a bit generous.
 
2014-05-02 09:40:31 PM  

Uzzah: Magorn: Titus is so unlike everything else Shakespeare ever wrote,  it's kinda like if Nora Ephron decided to write on e of the Saw movies or something.   My Scholarship in this area is weak but is everyone convinced that this is REALLY a Shakespeare play and not something that a lesser hand somehow snuck into the First Folio?

I've read some scholars postulating that it was either Bill S. just cutting his teeth on writing and not quite getting the tone right (ala Tarrantino needing to iron out the lumps in "Reservoir Dogs" before being able to make "Pulp Fiction"), or, just the opposite: it was Shakespeare masterfully making it so over-the-top that it became a dark comedy -- the same tone that "South Park" (re-)used for "Scott Tenorman Must Die."


Ha, I'm not even a scholar...but the themes in Titus are virtually identical to the themes in Othello. Aaron and Iago are practically interchangeable--some of their dialogue is even the same. Aaron is a bit more ruthless and practical where Iago is more existential and philosophical; but they both are in there doing evil just because they can and enjoying it.

Titus has elements of Othello, but even more of Lear; again, some of the dialogue is even the same. My suspicion is that "Titus Andronicus" was the sort of WWE of Shakespearean plays--he wrote Lear and Othello for the nobility, and "Titus" was for the groundlings to watch on Saturday afternoons, with all the violence and rape and incest and cannibalism that the lords and ladies were too delicate to watch.
 
2014-05-02 10:36:47 PM  
All those people in the comments saying "there's worse things on TV" should get free tickets. It's a little different when it's right in front of you. Not to mention TV has rules about the quantity to realism ratio of blood. I remember reading that the new Sweeny Todd movie had to use fake blood with a more orange tint (it was possibly straight up tomato soup?) because the people making the damn thing were getting queasy.
 
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