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This sketch is at the top of a page of quotations from Titus Andronicus, which is signed Henricus Peacham, with a date possibly of 1595 It shows an uncertain scene with a mixture of costumes - only Titus being dressed in a Roman toga; but Aaron the Moor is clearly African. From the Library of the Marqess of Bath, Longleat House.
STAGING TITUS ANDRONICUS
This distasteful play was popular in Elizabethan times (it appeared in five editions before 1642) and it has become so again today - perhaps an inditement of audiences in both periods, because the script exploits horror and brutality to the point that modern stagings (such as that at U.C. Santa Cruz) often require medical facilities to handle hysterical reactions in the audience to the mutilations, rape, and cannibalism in the script. It may be that the youthful Shakespeare was just trying to outdo contemporary theatrical excesses, or we may even take refuge in the debatable opinion of some scholars that the play is at least in part attributable to George Peele, who wrote similar plays. More scholarly interest lies in the above Elizabethan sketch of a possible scene from the play which can be compared to deliberate modern analogues (Gallery 7.4.14-16).
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Titus Andronicus: Ira Aldridge (1807-67) as Aaron the Moor (IV.ii).
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