From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of two of Shakespeare's classical plays This book includes illuminating introductions to Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate. The two plays, with clear explanatory notes on each page. Helpful scene-by-scene analyses and key facts about both plays. An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre. Rich explorations of approaches to staging both plays featuring photographs of key productions of each. The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of two of Shakespeare's classical plays Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors - Gregory Doran, Yukio Ninagawa and Michael Pennington - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.