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p. 152. Titus Andronicuslocked

p. 152. Titus Andronicuslocked

  • Stanley Wells


Titus Andronicus, the least highly regarded and most obviously dated of all Shakespeare’s plays, nevertheless has fine passages offering opportunities for great acting. It is also Shakespeare’s most Senecan play, the first of the tragedies not to be based on English history. ‘Titus Andronicus’ explains that most scholars accept the view that Shakespeare wrote it in collaboration with George Peele. The play was a great popular success in its time and, although set in Ancient Rome, its story is not based on recorded history. Its double revenge plot is artfully devised to incorporate numerous horrifying, but theatrically effective and sometimes deeply moving, episodes, written mostly in highly rhetorical blank verse.

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