“If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul.”
Going into Shakespeare Week, I didn’t expect too many surprises in terms of plot. Even if I had never seen or read a version of the specific plays before, most of them are just general knowledge at this point. Or, they’re loosely based on historical fact, so I have that to start with. But with Titus I had never heard of Shakespeare’s play or knew a single thing about this adaptation. It’s good to still be surprised by something that’s hundreds of years old and written by the most famous writer the world has ever known.
Caesar has died, and while his two sons (Alan Cumming as Saturninus and James Frain as Bassianus) rush to claim his throne, the people of Rome choose the recently returned Titus Andronicus (Anthony Hopkins), the victorious army commander, as their leader. But, Titus refuses and endorses Saturninus. When Saturninus decides to take Titus’ daughter and Bassianus missus, Lavinia (Laura Fraser) as his wife, Bassianus and Lavinia run off to be together. While Saturninus settles for Tamroa (Jessica Lang), Queen of Titus’ recently defeated enemies and current trophy of that defeat. (more…)