"I'm very sorry if you didn't like Titus Andronicus, madam."

Titus Andronicus Title page
Public DomainTitus Andronicus Title page - Credit: John Danter (publisher)
Titus Andronicus, written between 1588 and 1593, is believed to be Shakespeare's first tragedy.  It is set during the last days of the Roman Empire, and tells the fictional story of Titus, a Roman general, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths.  There is a great deal of blood and violence. The play was extremely popular in its day, but fell out of favour during the Victorian era, which was much less approving of graphic violence for entertainment’s sake.