During my Spring Break I had the wonderful opportunity to visit London for a week. I saw the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, Hyde Park, St. James Park, Windsor Castle, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden Market, China Town, the Royal Opera House, Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Camden Market, and much more (basically anything and everything touristy). However, my favorite part of the trip was seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe (I am a huge William Shakespeare fan!). The Globe Theatre, which was built in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, was a popular theatre in London during Shakespeare’s time. However, the theater was destroyed in a fire in 1613. Shakespeare’s Globe is a modern reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre located about two tenths of a mile away from the original theatre.
On Thursday I saw Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe. This play was one of Shakespeare’s earliest tragedies about murder and revenge. I had never heard of Titus Andronicus, so I did a little research and read the play before I saw it in theatre. The play was absolutely amazing! It also was pretty violent with 14 killings, 6 severed members, 1 rape, 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity, and 1 of cannibalism (according to SparkNotes). Several of the groundlings, people who stood on the floor in front of the stage, fainted during the play due to the graphic violence and had to be brought out of the theater. The attendants acted like this was a regular thing during this play. In addition to the brilliant performances, this play had an all-star cast. Indira Varma (for those of you who are Game of Thrones fans!!!) played Tamora, Queen of the Goths. William Houston, who has been in Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, The Odyssey, Hamlet, and Fifty Dead Men Walking, portrayed Titus Andronicus. I was a little star struck! Titus Andronicus was such a wonderful production and I absolutely loved it!
All the world’s a stage –